Pat Schroeder, First Woman to Represent Colorado in Congress, Endorses Jared Polis for Governor

Schroeder to Headline Upcoming “Breaking Barriers” Event with Polis

Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, the first woman to represent Colorado in the United States Congress, today announced her endorsement of Jared Polis as Colorado’s next governor.

On May 17, Schroeder will headline a Breaking Barriers campaign event with the Polis for Colorado campaign, where she and Jared will discuss with supporters the challenges of being the “first” to hold a position. More details on the event, which is open to the press, are available [here].

Forty-six years after Schroeder became the first woman in Colorado elected to Congress, Polis became the first openly gay man elected to Congress, where he went on to help President Obama to pass the Affordable Care Act, take bold action to rein in Wall Street, and lead the charge to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

“When I ran for Congress, people said that ‘housewives’ couldn’t hold elected office. Then I was elected and they only gave me half a chair on the Armed Services Committee,” said Schroeder. “We’ve come a long way since then, but there are still far too many Americans whose voices are underrepresented in the halls of power. By electing Jared Polis as our next governor, we’ll be doing more than breaking another barrier; we’ll be sending a fearless, progressive leader to the governor’s office. I’m inspired by Jared’s plans to bring universal health care to Colorado and make our state a leader in providing paid family leave — and by his unmatched record of turning bold ideas into real results for Colorado families. Jared has a heart as big as a washtub and I am proud to endorse him.”


Watch Pat Schroeder endorse Jared here:


“I am humbled to have the support of someone who has always been a personal hero of mine, Pat Schroeder, a fierce defender of Colorado’s working families and an unwavering champion for equality in all its forms,” said Polis. “Pat is an inspiring Coloradan by any measure. She showed a generation of Coloradans that no one can hold them back from achieving their dreams. Together, we are going to build a state where a bright future is within reach for all Coloradans, no matter who they are or where they live in our great state.”

WHAT: Polis for Colorado Breaking Barriers Kick-Off with Pat Schroeder

WHERE: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway, Denver

WHEN: Thursday, May 17th, 5:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30)

About Pat Schroeder:
Patricia “Pat” Schroeder was elected to serve Colorado’s 1st District in Congress in 1972 at the age of 32. She served with distinction for 24 years, earning her numerous lifetime achievement awards, including entry into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Schroeder was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, where her male colleagues gave her only half a chair. She has been a fierce advocate for equality in the workforce throughout her career and was a leader in passing the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, one of the most important labor laws in modern history.

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