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LGBT candidate Sinema declared winner in Arizona U.S. House race

Becomes first openly bisexual member of Congress
Monday, November 12, 2012

PHOENIX — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Monday was declared the winner in the election to represent Arizona’s Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sinema, 36, had a narrow lead on election night that made the race too close to call, but as mail-in and absentee ballots were counted in recent days, her lead has grown to a nearly 6,000-vote advantage that is too much for Republican challenger Vernon Parker to overcome.

Kyrsten Sinema

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 LGBT 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-R.I.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), as well as newcomers Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who will be the first openly-gay person of color in Congress.

“We are thrilled that Kyrsten Sinema will be bringing her passion for the needs of the people of her district, as well as those of LGBT people nationwide, to Washington,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a statement Monday.

“In January, Kyrsten will make history as she joins the largest-ever class of LGB Members of Congress, including the first openly-gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin. I know that this incredible group of LGBT leaders will make tremendous strides toward our goal of full equality and HRC looks forward to working with them every step of the way,” said Griffin.

The 113th Congress will have a total of seven openly LGBT members, an increase from only four in the last Congress.

Before running for U.S. Congress, Sinema served 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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  1. A good person, from what I have seen of her national TV appearances. Definitely to the Left of DINO Gabby Giffords, and miles to the left of what’s his name who’s replaced her. Barber. I’m not an Arizonan, can y’tell?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:41am
  2. Wow she’s pretty!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:16pm
  3. YES!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:17pm
  4. GET IT, SINEMA! <3

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:18pm
  5. We’re moving up :)

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:18pm
  6. The news just keeps getting better! Congrats Sinema!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:18pm
  7. You go girl. Now we need a Q to get elected.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:18pm
  8. great going..

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:21pm
  9. Amazing news Krysten!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:23pm
  10. Just as much of a shock as Florida voters electing openly gay candidates,even in the liberal areas of the state. In Florida, liberalism is a relative thing, to say the least. A typical Florida leiberal may well be viewed as a moderate in a state like, say, California, Illinois, New York.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:23pm
  11. This Is great, but I feel there shouldn’t really be an emphasis on anyone’s race or gender. We are all humans and beyond that there’s no reason to point out our differences. We’re
    Just people, not bisexual, not gay, not ASEXUAL (which I feel should be included as well). We all perpetuate labels and stereotypes and this is what causes so much emphasis on our differences. I say lets just go gender less and let the rest be history.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:31pm
  12. YAY!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:38pm
  13. Annaleisle wow that’s a pretty name………I was thinking the same thing because so many men “think” they are so attracted to bisexual women, and some actually are, I pray she isn’t harrassed for coming out in this manner, by men or women. I hope she is free of ignorant advances that are not only shows of support.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:39pm
  14. This is just fantastic!!! The governor of Arizona, Jean Brewer and Senator John MCain are probably all sad and angry at this, including all the rednecks and the Aryan nation dumbasses in Arizona. This is one of the “whitest” states of the union. Now all we need is a Transexual to be elected in either house. Love it!! Thanks to all who voted for her in John McCains state. (LAUGHING-OUT-LOUD)!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:43pm
  15. There SHOULD be an emphasis that someone of a minority made it big.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:47pm
  16. SUPERLY GREAT NEWS….this is great

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:52pm
  17. Are you serious?

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:57pm
  18. Very serious. Congrats, Kyrsten.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:59pm
  19. Congratulations!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:03pm
  20. And, when will it just be no one’s f-n business??

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:06pm
  21. Freakin A!lol

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:13pm
  22. @lori bean its everyones business since arizona is a state and we’re all american citizens. do I detect anger because whoever you voted for did NOT win??!! GET OVER IT BITCH!! WE ARE HERE!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:22pm
  23. You have to see this music !!! SHE KING !!!!!! http://www.facebook.com/shekingpage

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:30pm
  24. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:32pm
  25. Yeah I don’t see any reason for men or women to get the unwanted attention they get when someone finds out that an elected official or any career for that matter is gay, bisexual or lesbian…doesn’t make that person any less qualified for their job…I’m straight and loving it, everyone QUIT HATIN!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:47pm
  26. This ABSOLUTELY should be publicized: gay kids need to know that their future is gonna be ok…that the world is changing…that there are gay role models as well. It would be great if it was not needed….but the bottom line is that it IS needed; just like when African Americans were being elected into important governmental positions: ROLE MODELS for kids are of the upmost importance!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:53pm
  27. Yes! I am soo happy! And bisexual, too! Yes!!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:03pm
  28. Well said Christie Draper…every kid of every walk of life and every nationality and sexual orientation needs role models. May they be black or white or asian or latino, may they be straight or gay or bi or trans, they all need role models to look up to, to set examples and that someday they too will become future role models themselves.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:08pm
  29. She’s bi… whoop-di-do

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:23pm
  30. and beautiful at that

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:30pm
  31. Congratulations Congresswoman Sinema ))

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:47pm
  32. Wow, she is attractive…

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:44pm
  33. I didn’t even know she was bisexual, but if I had known it wouldn’t have stopped me from voting for her. There were some nasty attack ads against her in AZ, but I don’t recall one that mentioned her orientation. But I’m sure it was batted about some place… We’re not all idiots here!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:33pm
  34. Love is love. You can’t put a limit on it. No one should limit who you should love or how many people you should love. Which is why I want poligamy. I need multiple wives to take care of my needs. Love isn’t always about procreating – so while we are at it, let’s legalize beastiality. Because a dog is man’s best friend! And how about pedophilia? You can’t put an age limit on TRUE love.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 4:34am
  35. thats frickin awesome, i would have voted for her

    Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:49pm