The Associated Press has declared Kyrsten Sinema has won her race to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, making her the first openly bisexual candidate in history to be elected to Congress.
The Democratic former state senator beat Vernon Parker, a Republican who opposed LGBT non-discrimination laws and marriage rights for same-sex couples. Sinema’s narrow lead on election night has now grown to more than 6,000 votes during the counting of absentee and provisional ballots, an edge Parker will be unable to overcome, AP said.
“We’re thrilled for Kyrsten. She’s a dynamic leader and she’ll be a strong voice for her community and for all LGBT Americans,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which backed Sinema’s campaign.
Sinema becomes just the second out woman elected to Congress. She will join Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, three new openly gay members of the House and two returning members, bringing the total number of LGBT lawmakers on Capitol Hill to seven, the most ever.