Diversity celebreated as Jared Polis is sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd governor


A changing of the guard at our state capitol as two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper hands over the reigns to fellow Democrat Jared Polis.  

With one hand raised for the oath, the other hand on a Jewish prayer book, and his husband by his side, Tuesday Jared Polis making history. 

With the firing of the cannon, the transition of power is complete.  

Out-going term-limited Governor Hickenlooper endorsing the Governor-Elect and Colorado’s future. 

“He’s curious and creative, he’s bold. It’s really coded into the DNA of all entrepreneurs, I think. Jared is a true entrepreneur,” said Hickenlooper.  

Speaking at the podium, a variety of religious leaders, from Christianity, Sikh and Jewish practices.   

The theme of the ceremony a “Colorado for All,” and the supporters in the crowd welcoming the unity.

“It was great I was looking around, to see so much diversity in the crowd, people from all walks of life here in Colorado it’s very exciting,” said Boulder Resident, Scott Lundgren.

“I hope that we can all come together, with acceptance and tolerance and embracing each other’s differences,” Deborah Hersch Johns said a visitor from the Bronx supporting Polis.       

After celebrating, Polis said he’ll get to work starting with priorities he believe are top of mind for Coloradoan’s.  He believes those priorities are affordable health care, free early education, and goals of reaching 100 percent renewable energy.  

Polis said he’ll give more details on those policies in the State of the State address on Thursday and plan to sign his first executive order by the end of the week.  

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