Top Ten Lesbian Newsmakers of 2012
Krysten Sinema, U.S. Representative, Arizona's Ninth District
Krysten Sinema, elected to represent Arizona's ninth district, is the first bisexual person to be elected to Congress. Her race against Republican Vernon Parker was one of the longest-lasting, meaning Sinema's name appeared in headlines for nearly a week after the election. But on November 12, the Associated Press announced that Sinema had amassed a lead of more than 6,000 votes — a lead too large for her opponent to overcome. And with that, the bisexual nontheist who was raised Mormon and attended Brigham Young University, made history. Sinema wants to return "common sense" to Washington, and built her political career fighting for LGBT equality in a deeply conservative state, so she might be just the person to do it.
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