Who is Kyrsten Sinema? – Meet the Arizona senator taking the seat from Jeff Flake

After an extremely close race that lasted days, Kyrsten Sinema officially won a key Senate seat in Arizona, beating Republican candidate Martha McSally to take the seat previously held by Republican Representative Jeff Flake.

Both McSally and Sinema have served in Congress, Sinema since 2012 and McSally since 2014. The Arizona seat was one of the few chances for Democrats to overturn Senate seats, which makes Sinema’s victory all the more important. more important.

But it also made its own history; Sinema will now become the first openly bisexual member of the Senate and the first female senator from Arizona.

Born in Tucson, Arizona, she moved to a small town in Florida after her parents divorced when she was eight. When her stepfather lost his job, they started living in an abandoned gas station. She said SHE in 2013, this became the defining experience of her life and her motivation to become a social worker and politician.

After his win, Sinema tweeted, “As long as I served Arizona, I worked to help others see our common humanity and find common ground. It’s the same approach I take. adopt to represent our great state in the Senate, where I will be an independent voice for all Arizonans.”

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