There are two openly gay representatives in Congress: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin. And Jared Polis makes three.

Polis is Tuesday's winner of Colorado's 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary race. November's general election promises to be pure gesture in this Democratic stronghold. “The chances of a Republican winning in this district are zero,” Bob Loevy, a professor of political science at Colorado College, told Time.

At about 10:30PM Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald conceded the race to Polis. Emotional tears were shed and the crowd shouted “Jared, Jared, Jared” as he walked into his campaign party to the tune of U2's “It's a Beautiful Day,” reported the Rocky Mountain News.

While Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is open about his sexuality, he remained closeted for the first five years of service in the House. Polis will make history as the first openly gay man elected to the House.

Sexual orientation has not been an issue in the race. “There aren't many anti-gay votes to be found in this election,” Loevy said.

“Sexual orientation shouldn't be a barrier to participate in the public sphere,” said Polis. “It's a difficult issue for my opponents to try to use against me overtly without a backlash, but there have been some jabs, insinuations and whisper campaigns.”

Polis, who has served for six years on the Colorado State Board of Education, is no stranger to politics, but he's better known for his philanthropic giving. He founded schools both for the homeless and for immigrants with the millions he accumulated from Internet companies and

Polis, 33, has vowed to be a vocal champion of gay & lesbian issues. On his website ( he addresses America's most pressing GLBT inequalities, such as workplace discrimination, marriage rights, and the military's ban on GLBT people serving openly.

“To strengthen our national defense, we must cease the removal of capable and courageous members of our military based exclusively on their openness about their sexual orientation,” Polis said.

If a gay Congressman from Colorado strikes you as odd, it should. It certainly would have been unimaginable 15 years ago when voters in the state passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting laws to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court found the law unconstitutional in 1997.

When asked if he's married, Polis often says he can't marry his partner of four-and-a-half years, writer, self-proclaimed animal activist Marlon Reis, because he's gay.