Arizona elects first openly bisexual member of Congress

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Vernon Parker in the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, CNN projected Monday.

Sinema’s win in the newly-created district adds one more seat to the list of pick-ups for Democrats in the House, putting the breakdown at 234 Republicans, 196 Democrats and two independents.

Sinema, a former state senator, had 48.1% of the vote compared to Parker, the former mayor of Paradise Valley, at 45.3%, according to the office of Arizona’s Secretary of State on Monday.

Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

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.

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