Krysten Sinema Becomes First Out Bi Member of Congress

Posted by Justin Snow
November 12, 2012 2:02 PM |

Krysten Sinema was declared the winner in the House race for Arizona's 9th Congressional District on Monday.

KrystenSinema.jpgAccording to the Associated Press, Sinema, who will become the first out bisexual member of Congress, won her race against Republican Vernon Parker. The Arizona Democrat will represent a new Phoenix-area district created after the 2010 Census.

The race had been too close to call for almost a week after Election Day, Nov. 6. Although Sinema held a slight lead over Parker on election night, she now leads Parker by nearly 6,000 votes, a margin the AP predicts Parker will not be able to makeup.

After Sinema is sworn in this January, she will become only the second out woman to serve in Congress, the first being Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who previously served in the House.

The number of out members of Congress will reach historic levels during the 113th Congress, with a total of seven LGB lawmakers serving in the House of Representatives and the Senate. During the last Congress, four out members served in the House. Of the eight out candidates to run for Congress this election, only Massachusetts Republican Richard Tisei was defeated.

[Photo: Kysten Sinema (Courtesy of Sinema for Congress).]

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