Colorado Makes History With First Openly Gay Governor in U.S.

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Jared Polis

Jared Polis previously served as the U.S. Representative for the state's 2nd congressional district.

Jared Polis made history on Tuesday when he was elected governor of Colorado, marking the first time in U.S. history an openly gay man was elected to the office, multiple news outlets projected. 

He defeated Republican challenger Walker Stapleton.

Polis previously served as the U.S. Representative for the state's 2nd congressional district.

He will take over for Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who served two terms in office. 

“Tonight we reaffirm what an amazing state we live in,” Polis said during his victory speech. “In Colorado, we dare, we dream and we do. Whether it’s embracing big ideas or hiking our amazing mountains, we don’t back down when something is challenging. We see problems as opportunities in our state of Colorado.”

Polis also pledged to unify the state.

“Tonight is the beginning of this incredible journey,” he told supporters. “Tonight we celebrate, and tomorrow we roll up our sleeves and get ready to work with Republicans, independents, Democrats and all Coloradans of good will. … We have work to do to turn a bold vision into reality.”

Billy Eichner ‏was among those who congratulated Polis on his victory.

"Wow!! Congratulations @jaredpolis of Colorado who just became the first openly gay man to be elected Governor in US History!!!" the comedian said via Twitter. 

History was also made when Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress with a win in New York's 14th congressional district on Tuesday, multiple outlets have reported. She is 29.