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Jared Polis
(Democrat, district 2)
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Jared Polis on Abortion
Click here for 9 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Fund Planned Parenthood; require insurers' contraception. (Oct 2018)
  • I am pro-choice. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Endorsed by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Aug 2012)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2015)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (May 2018)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (May 2018)
  • Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women. (Jan 2015)
  • Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health. (May 2015)
Jared Polis on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Road repair: make it easier to travel our great state. (Feb 2021)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Nov 2013)
Jared Polis on Civil Rights
Click here for 14 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Would be Colorado's first openly gay Governor. (Apr 2017)
  • As a gay man, I support prohibiting discrimination. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting sexual-identity discrimination. (Mar 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Protect LGBT families from illegal immigrant deportation. (Sep 2011)
  • Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class. (May 2016)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Recognize the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. (May 2009)
Jared Polis on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Remove deductions exploited by corporations at our expense. (Jan 2019)
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Apr 2012)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices. (Mar 2018)
  • Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs. (Nov 2017)
Jared Polis on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Make Colorado one of the 10 safest states over next 5 years. (Jan 2022)
  • As long as I'm Governor, Georgia will always back the blue!. (Jan 2022)
  • No mandatory minimums; yes alternative sentencing. (Nov 2016)
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 77% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Jared Polis on Drugs
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  • Strengthen penalties for drug dealers peddling fentanyl. (Jan 2022)
  • Signed law allowing mass pardon for minor marijuana offenses. (Sep 2020)
  • Treat marijuana like alcohol; end Drug War on states. (Oct 2018)
  • Expunge records for first drug offenders after probation. (Jul 2011)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored no federal enforcement against legal state marijuana. (Apr 2013)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
  • Rated A+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses. (Apr 2015)
  • Voted NO on additional Drug War funding for synthetic drugs. (Jun 2018)
Jared Polis on Education
Click here for 12 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Increase funding by roughly $12-13 thousand per classroom. (Jan 2022)
  • Address obscene materials online and in our school libraries. (Jan 2022)
  • Completely restore all austerity cuts to education funding. (Jan 2022)
  • Achieve universal pre-school for 4-year-olds by end of term. (Jan 2020)
  • Increased higher education funding, plus $100 for newborns. (Jan 2020)
  • Started two public charter schools for at-risk youth. (Jan 2019)
  • Increased across-the-board funding and preschool for all. (Oct 2018)
  • Prime supporter of Amendment 23 for school funding in 2000. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
Jared Polis on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Colorado is a national leader in green energy jobs. (Feb 2021)
  • We all need to lead on clean air and climate. (Jan 2020)
  • Climate change threatens decreased snowpack for ski industry. (Jan 2019)
  • Increase regulatory incentives for renewables. (Oct 2018)
  • Big Oil fights overwhelming evidence of global warming. (Nov 2009)
  • Now is the time for carbon emission-reduction. (Nov 2008)
  • 100% renewable energy by 2040. ()
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
  • $5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030. (Mar 2016)
Jared Polis on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • We are loving our public lands to death; needs upgrades. (Jan 2020)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Tighten restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
  • Require labeling genetically engineered food. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on requiring limited GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
  • Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska. (Feb 2017)
Jared Polis on Families & Children
Click here for 12 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Strengthen our state's foster care and adoption systems. (Jan 2022)
  • Wants "unique Colorado solution" to provide paid leave. (Jan 2020)
  • Establish statewide paid family and medical leave program. (Jan 2019)
  • Supports same-sex marriage. (Oct 2018)
  • Will establish full-day Pre-K statewide. ()
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Sponsored supporting No Name-Calling Week in schools. (Jan 2013)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2017)
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jan 2015)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Jared Polis on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Rated +4 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners. (Jul 2013)
  • Cut World Bank funding to enforce against terrorism. (Jan 2018)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
Jared Polis on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
  • Rated 88% by the USAE, indicating support for trade engagement. (Dec 2012)
Jared Polis on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • More limits on campaign donations; more donor disclosure. (Oct 2018)
  • Investigate voter suppression; prohibit gerrymandering. (Oct 2018)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Member of House Rules Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Jared Polis on Gun Control
Click here for 5 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Ban bump stocks; end black market gun sales. (Oct 2018)
  • Strengthen penalties for black-market gun sales. (Jul 2018)
  • Ban military-style weapons; plus CDC studies gun violence. (Mar 2018)
  • Supports gun-control legislation. (Nov 2016)
  • Banning weapons violates the Second Amendment. (Jan 2013)
Jared Polis on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Offer more integrated physical and mental health services. (Jan 2022)
  • Hope to add 1,300 healthcare practitioners in our state. (Jan 2022)
  • Don't force people to choose between jobs or a COVID vaccine. (Jan 2022)
  • Telehealth is literally a lifesaver for many in rural areas. (Feb 2021)
  • Proposes drug price transparency & public option. (Jan 2020)
  • Improve ObamaCare; work toward universal single-payer system. (Oct 2018)
  • AdWatch: Supports Medicare for All. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Jan 2015)
  • GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
Jared Polis on Homeland Security
Click here for 8 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Allow gay veterans to receive certain state benefits. (Feb 2021)
  • Restore habeas corpus; end warrantless spying. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing. (Apr 2013)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Oct 2013)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration. (Apr 2015)
Jared Polis on Immigration
Click here for 7 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Appointed first DREAMer to serve on state board. (Jan 2020)
  • Restore DACA: Don't cast 1M aspiring Americans into shadows. (Oct 2018)
  • Respect the dignity and dreams of immigrants. (Nov 2008)
  • Allow more visas for STEM college graduates. (Sep 2012)
  • Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported. (Feb 2016)
  • Let illegal alien children attend school. (Mar 2009)
Jared Polis on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Passed a law to ensure women are paid the same as men. (Feb 2021)
  • Signed equal pay law; supports minority/women owned business. (Jan 2020)
  • Expand collective bargaining, instead of "right-to-work". (Oct 2018)
  • Let municipalities raise local minimum wage. (Oct 2018)
  • Raise minimum wage, encourage profit sharing. ()
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Jared Polis on Principles & Values
Click here for 4 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Embracing the outdoors part of the Colorado Way of Life. (Feb 2021)
  • Finding common ground part of Colorado Way of Life. (Jan 2020)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by Bernie Sanders/Our Revolution. (Nov 2018)
Jared Polis on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Oppose efforts to privatize Social Security. (Nov 2008)
  • Rated 98% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Jared Polis on Tax Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Implemented historic tax relief; funded Child Tax Credit. (Jan 2022)
  • Get rid of special interest tax breaks for the few. (Feb 2021)
  • Eliminating special interest breaks lowers everyone's rates. (Jan 2020)
  • Reduces taxes for the hardworking, instead of special breaks. (Jan 2019)
  • Repeal Trump's tax cuts. (Oct 2018)
  • Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Jared Polis on Technology
Click here for 9 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Upgrade antiquated roads & limited public transit options. (Jan 2019)
  • Support net neutrality: free exchange of ideas on internet. (Oct 2018)
  • Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Stop foreign internet piracy of copyrighted materials. (Jan 2012)
  • Apply copyright inheritance to same-sex couples. (Jan 2015)
  • Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress. (Feb 2016)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
Jared Polis on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Invasion of Iraq was a colossal mistake; out in 16 months. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (Mar 2012)
  • Intervene in Iraq to protect persecuted Christians. (Jul 2014)
  • Work with Iraqi government to fight ISIL. (Aug 2014)
  • Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet. (Sep 2014)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Jared Polis on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Funded more than 14,000 units of affordable housing. (Jan 2022)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Grants for faith-based groups to teach English. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
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