Polis, Johnston named to Time’s 40 under 40

Time Magazine, in its Oct. 25 issue, on sale now, named two Coloradans to its 40 under 40 list of rising political stars.

State Sen. Michael Johnston, a Vail native who represents Denver’s SD-33, is on the list, as is U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, currently seeking re-election in U.S. House District 2.

“The Democrat from Boulder, Colo., was the first openly gay freshman elected to Congress when he won his seat in 2008, and he blogged about his rookie year for CNN.com. Polis, 35, expanded his family’s greeting-card empire and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by accounting firm Ernst & Young before turning to philanthropy and politics. He may be the only member of Congress who emails his poetry to supporters,” Time writes.

He names former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder as his hero.

Johnston, a former school principal, has made a name for himself in the legislature with his education initiatives. In Time, he says poor test scores and high drop-out rates are a civil rights issue.

Hint to people who get the paper version of Time, there is more online.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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