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Polis found to be most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado in 114th Congress

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Washington, October 3, 2017 | comments

Washington: A nonpartisan think-tank found Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., the most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado in the 114th Congress.  The Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Polis 47 out of 193 Democrats last congress in his effectiveness, exceeding projected expectations. 

"At a time when we must defend progress and keep pushing forward, I am proud to be named the most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.  I credit my effectiveness largely to the engagement of my constituents day-in and day-out.  The people of my district drive me to fight like heck in Washington, D.C., and deliver results on issues that matter to Coloradans,” said Polis. 

Last Congress, Polis sponsored or co-sponsored 52 bills that passed the House of Representatives.  He was also instrumental in crafting the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan update to our outdated K-12 education law, which will provide new flexibility for states while ensuring a strong federal commitment to civil rights. The bill empowers Colorado’s educators, creates new opportunities for innovation and STEM education, and supports dual and concurrent enrollment.  

Polis’s effectiveness continues in the 115th Congress, sponsoring or co-sponsoring 20 bills that passed the House of Representatives.  He was the primary author of three bipartisan bills that passed the House of Representatives this year: the Email Privacy Act, the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act of 2017, and the Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act. 

  • The bipartisan Email Privacy Act would update federal law to require the government to obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ emails that are 180 days or older.
  • The Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act would allow the town of Minturn to use its existing water rights to fill Bolts Lake by giving the town special use of the Bolts Ditch headgate and the segment of the Bolts Ditch within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area.
  • The Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act would expand the Arapaho National Forest, to include ten new parcels of land, which are currently undeveloped.  This move enables the U.S. Forest Service to effectively protect and preserve an area were millions of people travel annually. 

Polis is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators determined to collaborate on solutions within health care and immigration, among other key policy areas. 

In addition to his legislative portfolio, Polis is committed to hosting town halls whenever possible, hosting over 15 since January, and he regularly holds telephone town halls when he is in Washington, D.C.  Polis responded to nearly 190,000 emails and letters to constituents in the 114th Congress, and has responded to over 126,000 so far in the 115th Congress.

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