Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado)

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Jared Polis
Congressman, Colorado 2nd
Democratic Party
Boulder, Colorado

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Biography: NSL is proud to call Congressman Jared Polis a friend and supporter. First elected to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in 2008, he, has become a recognized leader on school reform, as well as immigration, civil rights, and the environment. An independent leader, who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions, Congressman Polis currently serves on the powerful Committee on Rules and the Committee on the Judiciary. He also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, as a Democratic Caucus Regional Whip, as co-chairman of the New Democrat Coalition Education Task Force, chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and as co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Additionally, he co-chairs the U.S.-Mexico Congressional Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Nepal, and is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.

Polis’ top priority is ensuring that all Americans regardless of geography or economic background receive a world-class education. As a successful entrepreneur, he believes that America’s economic success is tied to every child’s success in the classroom. Congressman Polis’s road to Congress began when voters selected him for a seat on the Colorado State Board of Education in 2000, on which he served for six years including as vice-chairman and chairman. He founded two innovative charter schools: the New America School, where he served as Superintendent of, to extend the benefits of English literacy and a high school liberal arts education to new immigrants; and the Academy of Urban Learning, which educates homeless teens or those from unstable living environments.

During his first term in Congress, Polis served on the House Education and Labor Committee, where he introduced legislation reforming nearly every section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which governs federal K-12 education efforts. His continued efforts in this area focus on getting accountability right at all levels, expanding educational models that work, and improving persistently failing schools with data-driven models to reduce achievement gaps.

While still attending Princeton University, the Congressman co-founded his first company, American Information Systems, a success he followed with the launching of bluemountain.com and Proflowers.com. He has been named an ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young.

The Congressman is also proud to work with Democrats and Republicans to reform immigration policies, to advance the cause of civil rights and equality for all, and to protect Colorado and the world’s natural beauty and environment.

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