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Rep. Jared Polis
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Congressman Jared Polis of Boulder was elected to Congress in 2008 and represents the Second Congressional District of Colorado. To date, he is the first openly gay male elected to Congress as a freshman. A Boulder native, born to parents active in the 1960s peace movement, Congressman Polis believes we need to build upon the legacy and idealism of our parents and is working in Congress to pragmatically to create a peaceful, prosperous, and safe world for generations to come. In the House, Polis is a standing member of the House Science and Technology Committee, and serves on the House Rules Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee and Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness, and Healthy Families and Communities. He is also the freshman member of the House Democratic Steering Committee, Vice Chairman and Whip of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and Co-Chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus. While attending Princeton University, Polis co-founded his first company, American Information Systems, and has since launched several successful business ventures, including: bluemountainarts.com, Proflowers.com and other online start-ups; a chain of movie theaters that screen first-run Hollywood films dubbed or subtitled in Spanish, including Cinema Latino in Aurora, CO; and most recently, Open Ocean Aquaculture. He has been named an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and one of America’s “Top Ten Young Entrepreneurs” by Success Magazine. After his early and successful start in the business sector, Polis quickly came to realize and value the important role education plays in our economy. He feels that education is the only meaningful, long-term stimulus initiative we can make to invest in and reinvigorate the American economy. With this in mind, he ran for and won a seat on the Colorado State Board of Education in 2000 and served as the youngest Chairman in the history of the Board. During his six-year tenure, Polis strongly advocated school reform and enhancing educational opportunities. He played an instrumental role in the passage of Amendment 23 to improve state funding for public schools in Colorado and chaired the Board’s Online Education Task Force. Also in 2000, Polis founded the Jared Polis Foundation to improve and expand access to education by awarding micro-grants to teachers and schools that have shown outstanding commitment to their community in education. The Foundation’s Community Computer Connection program refurbishes and donates more than 3,500 computers a year to schools and non-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged students. Polis has also founded two innovative charter schools to help meet the needs of Colorado’s underserved students. In 2004, seeing the difficulty faced by older immigrant youth in mainstream public schools, he established and served as the superintendent of the New America School. Today, the New America School operates four campuses in Colorado and plans to open a campus in New Mexico to extend the benefits of English literacy and a high school liberal arts education to all students. In the fall of 2005 he co-founded the Academy of Urban Learning to address the challenges faced by teens who struggle with homelessness or unstable living conditions. Polis has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Colorado Commission for High School Improvement, Co-chairman of the Colorado Commission on High School Improvement, and Chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s Commission on Financial and Investor Literacy.

Entries by Rep. Jared Polis

The Time Is Now

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Our future economic competitiveness is on the line. Immigrants invented some of the technologies that changed our markets and our lives.

Immigrants create new jobs.

Immigrants help fuel of the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

Members of the New Democrat Coalition are working with Democrats, Republicans, and...

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Show Bipartisanship at Work By Bringing Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the Floor

(115) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:47 PM

In the aftermath of a sixteen-day government shutdown that cost our country $24 billion, the message from the American people was clear: we are tired of the partisan gamesmanship and bickering on Capitol Hill. Now, more than ever, the American people are wondering if their Congress can rise to the...

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Real Reforms for a Real Future for Our Kids

(34) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:49 PM

What does education reform mean to you?

To my Republican colleagues in Congress, it means cuts -- cutting funding for reading programs, school libraries, and teacher training.

For too long, both sides of the education reform argument have promoted this false choice, claiming that we could either fund...

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Pick on Someone Your Own Size

(24) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Would you stand up in defense of a child who was being bullied? I hope your answer is yes.

Now, what if that child were gay? Hopefully, you didn't have to give that question any more thought than the first one.

Bullying is an unfortunate reality of adolescence, but it...

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Support Net Neutrality

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 1:26 PM

As an entrepreneur and creator of several successful internet start-ups, I have long been an ardent supporter of open access to the internet and continue to support net neutrality in Congress today. Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an important meeting to consider a net neutrality framework for...

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The Case for Detention Reform

(7) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 12:33 PM

For the inaugural edition of the Denver Huffington Post, I thought I'd write about an issue that is close to my heart -- reforming our nation's immigration detention facilities, which hold tens of thousands of immigrants who were mostly picked up for trivial offenses like speeding or loitering and are...

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Just Back from Afghanistan

(24) Comments | Posted April 12, 2009 | 8:01 PM

I wrote this two days ago, but wasn't able to post it until now. I am now back home in Colorado:

Afghanistan

We just landed in United Arab Emirates. Sorry I've been slow to reply on my Iraq posts, but it was because I was in Afghanistan the last two...

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Congressional Visit to Iraq, Part II: Observations on Strategy (My Return to Iraq, 1.5 Years Later)

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2009 | 6:45 PM

From an undisclosed location somewhere in the Middle East...

I am writing most of this entry from the backseat of a helicopter bound to Mosul from Baghdad. Wearing my flak jacket and helmet, grasping my laptop and typing, I see the Iraqi landscape beneath us, my earplugs protecting me from...

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Congressional Visit to Iraq, Part I (My Return to Iraq, 1.5 Years Later)

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2009 | 11:20 AM

From an undisclosed location somewhere in the Middle East...

When I first visited Iraq in November of '07, I flew commercial to Jordan and the Baghdad, crammed into coach the whole way.

This time, on a Congressional CODEL, we flew business class from Dulles to Kuwait, where I sat...

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