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Civic participation swells as Polis takes action

Polis report: 115 days into the 115th Congress

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Boulder, April 27, 2017 | comments

Today marks the 115th day of the 115th Congress, and civic participation is up, as Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., takes action on Colorado-specific legislation and continues to hold the Trump administration accountable.   

Compared to this time last year, Polis has received a 170 percent increase in emails, phone calls, and letters from constituents.

Since January, he has hosted a town hall in Broomfield, Fort Collins, Boulder, Loveland, Nederland, Lyons, and Estes Park, and he has town halls planned in Gilpin, Summit, and Evergreen in May.  

In addition, Polis has hosted more than 25 other events.  In total, he has met more than 6,000 community members face-to-face this year.

Polis is making a concerted effort to be available through traditional means, like town halls -- as well as through new media, like Google Hangouts and Facebook Live. 

“While partisan D.C. gridlock can be tiring, my community members are energizing.  They are why I’m honored to do what I do, and my office does everything possible to be responsive to each and every constituent who contacts us,” Polis said.  “Even with a Republican-controlled congress and president, I have been able to pass legislation that is important to Colorado through the House of Representatives, while also pursuing legislation to hold the Trump administration accountable.”

Legislatively, Polis has had three bills pass the House of Representatives so far. 

  • Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act allows the Town of Minturn to access the Bolts Ditch head gate to fill Bolts Lake;
  • Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act expands the Arapaho National Forest;
  • Email Privacy Act requires the government to obtain a warrant before searching your emails on servers like Google or Yahoo.

Polis has also sponsored several bills to hold the Trump administration accountable, including the Presidential Tax Transparency Act; Presidential Accountability Act; Protecting Our Democracy Act; No Funds for Unconstitutional Executive Orders Act, and several others. 

Since 2009, Polis has served Colorado’s Second Congressional District in Congress.  He is the former Chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, and the founder and former superintendent of The New America School - a network of charters schools in Colorado and New Mexico serving new immigrants and English-language learners - as well as the Academy for Urban Learning for homeless youth.   Prior to serving in Congress, Polis also founded several startup and tech companies, including ProFlowers.com and Techstars. 

Note: Photos of town halls available upon request. 


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