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January 31, 2009

C’mon people, Vote! (And tell your friends to vote!) for Congressman Jared Polis as Hottest Freshman at Huffington Post!

C’mon, Coloradoan, have you no pride! Vote Jared Polis for hottest incoming freshman Congressman, as of now we’re getting our butts kicked by some…egad…Republican!

Ran across this blog on longtime elephant journal pal (Congressman) Jared Polis today:

…CNN did a short profile on gay pol Jared Polis.  What I liked about the profile is how matter-of-factly Polis’ sexuality was mentioned.  It was not hidden, but it was not treated as any more important than other parts of his bio.  Hopefully we will see politician’s sexual orientation treated similarly in the future.

Also, there is a poll on HuffingtonPost asking people to vote on the hottest freshmen congressman, and Jared Polis is one of the five nominees.  If you think he is cute, go and give him your click!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/whos-the-hottest-congress_n_162076.html

Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis is a freshman Democratic congressman representing the 2nd District of Colorado. He was elected in November to the seat held by Mark Udall, who ran and won for U.S. Senate. Polis defeated his Republican opponent, gaining 62 percent of the vote.

His campaign stressed environmental issues, education reform, withdrawing troops from Iraq and repealing Bush administration tax cuts for the highest-income earners. He is the first openly gay male to be elected to Congress as a freshman.

Polis, 33, was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Colorado and Southern California. He was a student at Princeton University when he co-founded a company providing Internet access and Web hosting. Growing up in his family’s Boulder-based greeting card and publishing business, Blue Mountain Arts, he succeeded his grandmother as sales manager in 1996 and helped start bluemountainarts.com, an online greeting card Web site.

In 1998, he launched ProFlowers.com, a Web company to sell flowers direct from growers to consumers; its parent company was sold to Liberty Media Corporation in 2006.

Jared won statewide election in 2000 to the Colorado Board of Education and served for six years. He started a foundation and two charter schools to support improvements in education and received numerous awards for his philanthropic work.

Immediately before running for Congress, Polis served as superintendent of New America School, a charter school he founded to help 16-21-year-old new immigrants learn English and gain a high school diploma.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/30/freshman.year.bios/index.html

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