Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the race for a Senate seat in Arizona on Monday, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally. Her win marked the first Democratic triumph in the state since 1976 and she became the first openly bisexual person elected to the Senate.
McSally conceded defeat and wished Sinema on her victory. “Congrats to Kyrsten Sinema. I wish her success. I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of u,” she tweeted.
“As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground. That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans,” Sinema tweeted
Sinema, 42, began her political career as a firebrand liberal under Ralph Nader’s 2000 Green Party presidential campaign. She made headlines in 2012 when she was elected as the representative for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.
She was also the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress in 2012. However, by the time she took her seat the following year, there were six openly gay or lesbian Congresspeople. She topped Thrillist’s list of “The Sexiest Singles of the US Congress” in 2015, Heavy.com reported.
According to non-profit organization On the Issues, she expressed support for “gun licenses” in 2006. She supported the thought of maintaining and strengthening the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
She also believed that background checks are required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows and a license is required for gun possession.