Jared Polis and Ryan Heckman

Gov. Jared Polis, left, talks with Ryan Heckman, the chairman of Civico, after a State of the State address on business at History Colorado Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

The commencement of a four-month General Assembly would be reason to stress out most governors, but for Jared Polis, it's just another day at the office.

Polis, after all, made part of his fortune in the online flower business, and he made another part of it with the family greeting card company.

"Both of them were highly seasonal," he told a luncheon put on by the Colorado Business Roundtable and CiviCo Tuesday in Denver. "I still shudder around Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Christmas."

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Polis said the annual stress overloaded servers and the vast shuffle of inventory rendered him "not much fun" around the holidays. Now the dates coincide with before, during and just after the legislative session.

"I live with the additional burden of my mom being a poet, who basically writes Valentine's Day and Mother's Day cards," Polis mused. "The additional stress of not knowing what to send my own parents came with the professional stress in those periods.

"It's something that will never, ever leave me."  

The governor said the highlight of his first year under the gold dome was signing free full-day kindergarten into law, and the low point was consoling families after the STEM School shooting in Highlands Ranch.

The governor talked about his first few months on the job, screening more than 700 applicants for his Cabinet positions and preparing for the General Assembly, which he compared to a 100-member board of directors with R's and D's behind their names.

"Fast forward to this year and the team is in place, so we've really been able to work with Republican and Democratic legislators to help tee up those bills that agencies put forward to try to fine-tune and make government more efficient," Polis said.

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