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Kyrsten Sinema Makes Arizona & American History

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Arizona Representative Kyrsten Sinema D-CD9, has won the Senate race against opponent AZ Representative Martha McSally, R-CD2.

Arizona Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat who represented Congressional District 9, has won election over Representative Martha McSally, a Republican who represented the state’s Congressional District 2.

Her election is historical for at least two different reasons, the first being that she is the state’s first female US Senator, and second, she will be the first openly bisexual Member of Congress. She is also the first Democrat Arizonans have sent to the Senate since 1995 after Democrat Dennis DeConcini’s loss to Republican John Kyl.

Following the death of Republican Senator John McCain, who since 1987 was the state’s longest-serving senator, Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey temporarily appointed Kyl in September 2018 to fill the remainder of the term of that vacated seat. In a press conference following Governor Ducey’s announcement, Mr. Kyl said he would not seek re-election for the remainder of the term in the 2020 Special Election to fill the seat.

Reps. Sinema and McSally were campaigning for the seat vacated by Class 1 Senator Jeff Flake’s retirement. Late Senator John McCain, was a Class 3 Senator, and that seat will be up for election in 2021. Members of the House of Representatives serve two year terms of office, while Senators serve six year terms of office.

Ms. Sinema was first elected to the Arizona State Legislature’s House of Representatives in 2004, where she represented the 15th District until 2012. That year, she campaigned for, and won election to the US House of Representatives in the newly-created 9th Congressional District, having defeated a Tea Party challenger by 10,000 votes.

Arizona’s Congressional Districts, 113th Congress.

Her personal life story is equally amazing.

Following her Mormon parents divorce in the 1980’s recession, for two years during her childhood in DeFuniak Springs, FL, Ms. Sinema was homeless with her mother and stepfather who lost their house to foreclosure, and lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity.

Ms. Sinema worked diligently and graduated High School Valedictorian aged 16, at 18 in 1995 earned a Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, worked as a Social Worker in a central Phoenix school district, earned a Master of Social Work in 1999 from Arizona State University, followed by a JD from ASU College of Law, and then a PhD in 2012 in Justice Studies also from ASU, while working full-time.

She has also worked as a criminal defense attorney, adjunct law professor at ASU, Master’s level policy and grant-writing instructor, and as an instructor for the Center for Progressive Leadership.

She said she overcame adversity by looking to native Alabaman Helen Keller as a role model.

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