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HRC and Victory Fund Endorse Kyrsten Sinema for Congress

Post submitted by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Former HRC Director of Communications

HRC and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced that both organizations have endorsed Kyrsten Sinema, an experienced and passionate leader, for Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District.  Sinema is a former state Senator and Representative and has been the Arizona legislature’s strongest proponent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Sinema was the chair of Arizona Together, the group founded to block the ballot measures defining marriage in the Arizona Constitution, and in 2006 that campaign was the first and only to successfully beat such a proposal at the ballot box.  Her work in the legislature included efforts around workplace non-discrimination and adoption and she led on a bill for domestic partnership benefits for state workers.  Later she was instrumental in Gov. Napolitano’s executive order extending equal benefits and the blocking of Gov. Brewer’s attempt to rescind those benefits.

The Victory Fund has previously endorsed Sinema in her campaigns for the Arizona House and Senate.  She is also a graduate of a Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute program for mid-career LGBT public officials - the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows at Harvard Kennedy School.  Sinema is the seventh openly LGBT federal candidate endorsed by the Victory Fund so far in 2012.

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