Tech credentials: Polis founded several companies including American Information Systems, an Internet access, Web hosting and application service provider.
Political life: A Democrat, Polis was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education in 2000, and this year was sworn into Congress as a U.S. Representative from the 2nd district of Colorado. He is one of the few openly gay members of Congress.
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