Although last night’s midterm election results did not end in a full blue sweep, America did experience quite a Blue Wave.
The Democrats regained control of the House (welcome back, Speaker Pelosi) and a record-breaking number of women, including women of color, are taking a seat in D.C.
Last night was not only an election for Senators and Representatives. It was also a gubernatorial election, and America saw a sweeping of Blue in those races as well.
Kansas elected Laura Kelley, Florida nearly chose a Democratic governor, but many people can not stop talking about Colorado.
That’s right. Colorado just elected the nation’s first openly gay male governor and his name is Jared Polis.
Governor Polis defeated Walker Stapleton in yesterday’s race. He is a five-term congressman whose gubernatorial campaign promised to fight for the Affordable Care Act, renewable energy, and publicly funded preschool and kindergarten.
Polis is also Colorado’s first Jewish governor. He is 43 years old; he and his partner, Marlon Reis, have two children.
When Polis was first elected to Congress in 2008, Reis stayed out of the spotlight because they
“didn’t know if it would somehow negatively affect Jared’s chances of getting elected.”
But during this recent campaign, Polis and Reis did not keep their partnership in the background.
During Colorado Pride, Polis posted pictures with Reis with the caption “Love is Love.”
Polis also posted on National Coming Out Day saying,
“Coming out is never easy. It takes courage. Whether you’re living proudly and openly, or just beginning your coming-out journey, remember today that there are millions of Americans supporting you and standing with you. #NationalComingOutDay”
After last night’s victory, the new Governor of Colorado posted a photo of him sharing a hug with the new First Man of Colorado.
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Tonight, we reaffirm what makes Colorado the amazing state that it is. Here, we dream, we dare, and we do. We embrace big ideas and we work sun-up to sundown to make them realities. We see the highest mountains and we climb them. We face the tough decisions and we solve them.
The internet is still reeling over this historical win.
When I got to college over a decade ago, I didn't want to be openly gay because I wanted to run for student government: I thought being out would kill my chances. The pioneers who won yesterday are changing everything.https://t.co/CGsfykhQoW
— Toby Hervey (@tobyhervey) November 7, 2018
Harvey Milk is crying tears of pride and joy in heaven rn, what an amazing milestone https://t.co/ScjXI0ssZJ
— Erica Lutz (@ericalutz16) November 7, 2018
Perhaps we should have been talking about a 🌈🌈🌈 wave in addition to a 🌊🌊🌊. 🏳️🌈💙🏳️🌈https://t.co/JOQje6MHEq
— Greg 🌊🇺🇸🏳️🌈🌊 (@ReclaimingUSA20) November 7, 2018
The Colorado baker who denied a wedding cake to a gay couple wedding now has a gay Governor. 😂
— We need Single Payer Healthcare 💪🌸 (@Brasilmagic) November 7, 2018
People are excited about what Polis’ win means for the future of America.
100+ women elected to the House. @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib are the 1st Muslim women, and @sharicedavids & @Deb4CongressNM are the 1st Native American women in Congress. @jaredpolis is 1st openly gay man elected governor. There is hope for the future. We’re just getting started!
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) November 7, 2018
Change is happening and progress is being made!
Let's celebrate these massive wins tonight ❤️
Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib / 1st Muslim women elected to Congress
Jared Polis / 1st openly gay person elected as Governor
Sharice Davids / 1st Native American woman elected to Congress pic.twitter.com/89smvLhMM3
— connor franta (@connorfranta) November 7, 2018
I am INCREDIBLY excited about the progress we made last night. I am excited Walker is done, I am excited to have Jared Polis serving Colorado, and I am so. Fucking. Excited. To have so many more women elected. Change is slow, but many critical steps were taken last night. https://t.co/pJHwWzAm99
— jack afternoon (@jackafternoon) November 7, 2018
Although Gillum, Beto and Abrams lost. The first (known) gay govenor has been elected. Progress in the right direction. Congrats to Jared Polis winning the state of Colorado.
— Alex Gould (@AlexGould714) November 7, 2018
However, while a lot of people have been congratulating Polis for being the first LGBTQ governor, let’s not forget a woman did it first! Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual, was re-elected governor of Oregon in 2016 and again last night!
Yeah Jared Polis is great but don’t y’all DARE sleep on Gov. Kate Brown — the first queer person ever elected governor ✨ https://t.co/HwlWnMH4GD
— Caleb Cade (@Caleb_Cade) November 8, 2018
Congratulations to both governors and their families!