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ENG: Jared Schutz Polis (born Jared Polis Schutz May 12, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis and his life partner, Marlon Reis, are the parents of a son, Caspian Julius, born on September 30, 2011, making Polis the only openly gay member of Congress who is a parent. Early life, education and career Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Business career Polis has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of the United States Congress estimated ...
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Polis Calls on Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition

Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market's capacity for growing the economy. "Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border," Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story. "It's been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of ...

Jared Polis has ideas for closing federal budget gap

Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposalfor averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marijuana would help close the budget gap. But if that shortchanges some of his other notions, Polis's spokesman isn't complaining. "You can't really blame the media for focusing on a controversial issue when you raise a controversial issue," says Polis communications director Chris Fitzgerald. "If it brings attention to ...

Polis Announces Birth Of Son

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress. On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who is 8 pounds, 12 ounces. "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!" read the announcement. Polis and Reis have declined to comment on whether it was a surrogate pregnancy or an adoption. “We are so thrilled for the congressman ...

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Polis, Schneider Lead Letter Calling for Expanded Access to Startup Business Investing Opportunities
Last week Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) sent a letter signed by fifteen Members of Congress to US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White calling on her to expand the criteria for potential investors in startups and other small businesses beyond a purely financial metric. Under federal securities law, “individual accredited investors” are permitted to invest in an array of assets, including individual businesses, VC funds, PE funds, and private placements, which are not available to other individuals. To qualify as accredited under existing regulations, the SEC requires an individual to have an annual income over $200,000 ($300,000 for a married couple) or a net worth over $1 million, excluding a primary residence. Currently, the definition does not account for those financially sophisticated investors who have the requisite financial experience and knowledge, but may not meet the SEC’s financial thresholds. The SE
Polis Lauds Corporate Pledge to Protect Student Data from Misuse
Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) today praised the signing of a pledge by major K-12 school service providers to safeguard student privacy by creating standards regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. Earlier this year, Rep. Polis and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) called upon providers to take leadership in this important area, and convened a working group dedicated to this purpose. “The potential of using student data to drive effective instruction and personalize education is promising," said Rep. Polis. "While there can be tremendous benefits from this data, we must ensure that there are appropriate safeguards to protect student privacy. I am pleased that these companies have taken an important step in making a commitment to parents, educators, and communities. This voluntary pledge can help address parents' legitimate concerns about privacy issues and help keep us on track towards new and exciting educational developments for all students.”
Polis, Grijalva, Cicilline, Lofgren Call for Executive Action to Protect LGBT Immigrants
On Monday, Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), David Cicilline (RI-01), and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) sent a letter signed by forty-four Members of Congress to President Barack Obama urging him to include protections for LGBT immigrants as he develops and implements new executive actions on immigration. The Representatives recognized that the President alone cannot fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but called on him to use the executive powers he does have to address the unique challenges faced by LGBT immigrants who currently face additional complications, including familial separation and gender-based violence in detention. “By exercising your power to implement administrative policies that take into account the uniquely dangerous and difficult circumstances facing LGBT immigrants, you have the ability to protect thousands of individuals immediately,” the Representatives wrote. “[I]t is imperative that you use the tools at your disposal to ensur
Polis Statement on SCOTUS Declining to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear any case on same-sex marriage: “Today the Supreme Court has effectively expanded marriage for all loving couples to as many as thirty states, in all regions of our nation, including Colorado! The Colorado Attorney General has already ordered that LGBT couples in all 64 counties are allowed to get married! “While the court’s decision is a victory for tens of thousands of couples across the country who now have access to marriage equality, it also means there is still work to be done to ensure that no matter where you live, every American can marry the person they love and are making a life with. "The majority of Americans already support expanding marriage equality nationwide and I remain confident that it is only a matter of time before we achieve this common-sense goal. I will continue to work to advance the rights of all Americans to marry who

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