Kyrsten Sinema

November 14, 2012 by  

Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has become the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Congress. Recent ballot counts show the former state senator has defeated Republican competitor Vernon Parker in a new Phoenix-area congressional district.

Sinema’s election comes in a year that also saw five openly gay Democrats elected to the House, while Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.

Other firsts this year include the election of the first Hindu Congress member, Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard, who, along with Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is also one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress.

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