Following the rainbow wave of out-queer politicians winning and running for higher office, out-gay former diplomat Dan Baer has announced his run for Senate in his home state of Colorado.
Baer served as Ambassador for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe under the Obama Administration. Previous to his career in diplomacy, Baer received his degree in social studies and African American studies from Harvard. He also served as a professor at Georgetown University.
He married his husband Brian Walsh in 2014.
Baer will seek to unseat Republican Sen. Corey Gardner in the 2020 election. Gardner has expressed his opposition to marriage equality on multiple occasions. Though widely considered a moderate, Gardner has also supported the policies of the Trump administration.
“When I talk to Coloradans,” Baer said in his announcement, “I hear frustration that things feel out of balance: working people are taking all the risks – the risk of taking out loans for an education, the risks of getting kicked off health care, the risks of having their children and grandchildren inherit a dying planet– while big corporations are getting all the rewards. It’s time to reset.”
If elected, Baer would become the first openly gay man ever elected to the Senate.