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First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress Makes for Another Election 2012 Milestone

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Posted on Nov 13, 2012
Associated Press

Kyrsten Sinema will represent the good people of Phoenix in the House after emerging victorious from an election-night squeaker. And thanks to the 36-year-old former state senator, the next Congress will feature its first openly bisexual member, as well as its first lesbian senator and first openly LGBT person of color.

The Washington Post:

Sinema had a narrow lead on election night that made the race too close to call. But she slowly improved that advantage as more ballots were tallied in recent days, and now has a nearly 6,000-vote edge that is too much for Republican Vernon Parker to overcome.

Sinema, 36, said Monday she was “honored and ready to start working for the people of Arizona.”

During the race, Parker was criticized by Democrats as a tea party radical who would hurt children by cutting the federal education department.

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