That achievement is notable by itself. But Ferrandino will be the first openly gay lawmaker in Colorado to hold that honor.
Part of Ferrandino's job will be to unify a chamber that exploded with bitterness in May. Republicans filibustered to defeat legislation to grant same-sex couples civil unions. Ferrandino had sponsored that bill.
With Democrats now in control of the House and Senate, they'll be able to pass civil unions and dictate in large part the state's economic agenda for the next two years.
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