Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has been declared the winner of her Arizona race and follows Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin as the second female out LGBT member of Congess, and is the first out bi member.
Sinema defeated Vernon Parker in the closely fought contest. She will be the only out LGBT female in the House in the 113th Congress and only the second out LGBT female in Congress. Tammy Baldwin, who served in the House since winning her seat in 1998, was elected to the Senate in Wisconsin this past Tuesday.
Sinema will, however, be joining the largest group of out LGBT lawmakers on the Hill in the nation’s history. In addition to Baldwin and Sinema, out Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado and David Cicilline of Rhode Island were re-elected and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Mark Takano of California also were elected to Congress.
Sinema will be the second out LGBT member of Congress from Arizona. Former Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Republican, was the first.