Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona secured another term in the House of Representatives Tuesday, defeating her challenger in the race to represent the state’s 9th Congressional district.
Sinema was first elected to Congress in 2012, becoming the first openly bisexual person to win a House race. A lifelong fighter for equality, Sinema has campaigned against measures to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages in Arizona.
Growing up in Arizona to a working class family, Sinema completed her undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. In 1999, Sinema became a social worker and dedicated herself to helping struggling families. She would go on to earn her Juris Doctor from Arizona State University College of Law in 2004 and a Ph.D in Justice Studies from Arizona State in 2012.