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The Latest: Colorado’s Jared Polis becomes governor

January 8, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Jared Polis’ Colorado gubernatorial inauguration (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Colorado’s new governor, Jared Polis, is promising to pursue education for all children, affordable health care for more families and strict environmental protections.

Polis also pledged to bolster Colorado’s already strong economy in his inaugural speech at the state capitol on Tuesday.

“Right now our nation is experiencing a period of growing divisiveness,” Polis says. “But here in Colorado we choose a different path.”

Polis succeeds fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper, who served the maximum two terms as governor.

Polis is the nation’s first openly gay governor. He was accompanied Tuesday by his partner, Marlon Reis, and their two children.

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12:05 p.m.

Jared Polis has been inaugurated Colorado’s 43rd governor.

Polis took the oath of office Tuesday outside the state capitol. He succeeds fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper, who served the maximum two terms.

Accompanying Polis were his partner, Marlon Reis, and their children, Caspian and Cora.

Polis is a former five-term U.S. representative from Boulder. Before that, he served on the state board of education.

Polis takes office with Democrats firmly in control of both legislative chambers.

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11:50 a.m.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Coats has sworn in a trio of top statewide officers — all Democrats — ahead of Jared Polis’ gubernatorial inauguration.

Jena Griswold succeeded Republican Wayne Williams on Tuesday as secretary of state.

Former Rep. Dave Young becomes treasurer, replacing Walker Stapleton, who lost the governor’s race to Polis in November.

And Phil Weiser, a former University of Colorado Law School dean who served twice in the U.S. Justice Department, replaces Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

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8:30 a.m.

Colorado politics take a formal shift to the left with Tuesday’s gubernatorial inauguration of Jared Polis.

The Democrat’s overwhelming election victory and his party’s consolidation of legislative control promise ambitious changes to energy regulation, health care and state-funded early childhood education.

Polis is a wealthy tech and education entrepreneur and former five-term congressman from Boulder.

He succeeds Gov. John Hickenlooper, a centrist Democrat, former Denver mayor, petroleum geologist and beer pub entrepreneur who served the maximum two terms.

Polis trounced then-state treasurer Walker Stapleton in November and became the nation’s first openly gay governor.

That played no role in the campaign, with health care and President Donald Trump the top issues for Colorado voters.

But Tuesday’s inauguration was being celebrated by LGBTQ advocates nationwide.