The election was too close to call before, but as of today, Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Tea Partier Vernon Parker in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. Sinema is the only openly bisexual person in the Senate or the House, though she joins fellow LGBT officials like Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Mark Takano of California.
This is a victory of a true progressive over a true reactionary. While a member of the Arizona legislature, Sinema advocated for LGBT, immigrants’ and veterans’ rights. She is also a non-theist, who received an award from The Center for Inquiry (CFI) for the Advancement of Science and Reason in Public Policy. CFI recognized Sinema for “her work to protect women’s rights and the separation of church and state, as well as for her support of LGBT rights, science-based sex education, and sound environmental policies.”