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Kyrsten Sinema
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United States Senator
from Arizona
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Serving with Martha McSally
Preceded by Jeff Flake
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 9th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Greg Stanton
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 3, 2012
Preceded by Ken Cheuvront
Succeeded by David Lujan
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 10, 2005 – January 10, 2011
Preceded by Wally Straughn
Ken Clark
Succeeded by Lela Alston
Katie Hobbs
Personal details
Born
Kyrsten Lea Sinema

July 12, 1976 (1976-07-12) (age 44)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Independent (before 2004)
Democratic (2004–present)
Education Brigham Young University (BA)
Arizona State University (MSW, JD, PhD)

Kyrsten Lea Sinema (/ˈkɪərstən ˈsɪnəmə/; born July 12, 1976) is an American politician. Sinema is the senior United States Senator from Arizona since January 3, 2019. She was the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 9th congressional district. She was first elected in 2012.

Sinema is a member of the Democratic Party. She served in both chambers of the State Legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 and the Arizona Senate in 2010.

Sinema has worked for the adoption of the DREAM Act, pro-immigration reforms and supports same-sex marriage. She was the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Congress.

Sinema ran in the United States Senate election in Arizona in 2018 to replace Senator Jeff Flake, who retired from the seat. She won the Democratic nomination in August 2018 and defeated Republican Martha McSally.

Sinema is the first female senator elected in Arizona and the second openly LGBT person ever to serve in the Senate, after Tammy Baldwin.



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