At 11 a.m. mountain time on Tuesday, Democrat Jared Polis will be sworn in as the 43rd governor of the great state of Colorado. He will become the first openly gay man to assume any state’s highest office, the second openly LGBTQ person elected governor in the United States, after Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and he will be the first Jewish person elected governor of Colorado.
Polis easily won his election over Republican Walker Stapleton. During his campaign, he pledged to expand health care coverage while driving down costs, push the state toward more renewable energy and increase spending on education.
For the first time in 70 years, all statewide Colorado office holders will be Democrats. Colorado voters also handed Democrats the state Senate, which had been under Republican control for the last four years. Colorado’s General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, opens their 2019 session with a focus on the environment and climate change, health care and the economy.
Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony will feature a performance by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Later, Polis and family, pals and his supporters will celebrate his inauguration at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, with Cyndi Lauper and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats providing the entertainment.
Polis is scheduled to deliver his first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of the Colorado legislature.
Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, have two children. They will live in the governor’s mansion, making them the first same-sex first family in the United States.