Kyrsten Sinema Headed to the U.S. House of Representatives
November 12, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Brian Moulton, Former HRC Legal Director
Today, Kyrsten Sinema was declared the victor in the election to represent Arizona's Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. When she is sworn in early next year, Sinema will be the first openly-bisexual Member of Congress and join the largest-ever class of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including the first openly-gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. In the 113th Congress, Sinema will join incumbent Congressmen David Cicilline (D-RI) and Jared Polis (D-CO), as well as newcomers Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Mark Takano (D-CA), who will be the first openly-gay person of color in Congress. The 113th Congress will have a total of seven openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Members, an increase from only four in the last Congress.
Kyrsten Sinema served in both the Arizona House and Senate, where she was a standout leader on issues of LGBT equality, including in fighting against efforts to amend the Arizona Constitution to ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples. She has also served as a member of HRC's Arizona Steering Committee.
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