Colorado Democrat Jared Polis elected first openly gay US governor: networks

Democratic Representative from Colorado Jared Polis (C) speaks during a news conference with immigrant advocates to call on the US Defense Department to allow certain 'DREAMERs', undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children, to serve in the military, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 25 July 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis will be the new governor of the western state of Colorado, US news networks ABC and NBC projected Tuesday, after he defeated Republican Walker Stapleton.

Five-term congressman Polis is the first openly gay man to win a gubernatorial race.

Kate Brown became the first bisexual governor when she was elected in Oregon in 2015, while another governor, Jim McGreevey of New Jersey, came out as gay before resigning in 2004. DM


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