Colorado Gets First Openly Gay Male State Legislator

Rep. Mike Cerbo (D-Denver) resigned from his seat in the state legislature last week to become head of the Colorado AFL-CIO. He was replaced this week by Mark Ferrandino, treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party and former co-chairman of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats.

Ferrandino“A vacancy committee of party activists and local elected Democrats voted 23-3 in favor of the 30-year-old fiscal policy wonk at a meeting Wednesday night,” the Rocky Mountain News reports.

Said Ferrandino: “I’m proud to be representing my constituents and the GLBT community. I’m a qualified Democrat who wants to do good, who also happens to be gay…I want to make life better for the people of the state of Colorado.”

Colorado does have a state lawmaker who is a lesbian — Jennifer Veiga (D-Denver) was elected to the House in 1996.