Kyrsten Sinema Will Serve as ‘First Openly Bisexual Member’ of Congress

By Penny Starr | January 2, 2013 | 10:15pm EST

Kyrsten Sinema greets supporters at the Arizona Democratic party's election night headquarters Nov. 6, 2012 in Phoenix. (AP Photo)

( – Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the House of Representatives in November by voters in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District and is being touted as the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

When asked by about her sexual orientation, Simena said: “We’ve made history, and we’re proud of that, but what I am interested in is making history by making things better for the people of Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.”

Sinema’s campaign was supported by The Victory Fund, a gay rights group that funds and trains LGBT candidates.

"We're thrilled for Kyrsten," Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, said in a statement. "She's a dynamic leader and she'll be a strong voice for her community and for all LGBT Americans."

National Public Radio reported on Tuesday that Sinema is the “first openly bi-sexual member of Congress” and that she represents a “changing Arizona.”

Sinema, a former social worker, grew up in a Mormon family. After her parents divorced, she lived in an abandoned gas station without electricity or a toilet for two years in the 1980s with her mother and stepfather, according to NPR.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bisexual as “characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward both sexes.”

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