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All Five Bisexual US State and National Office-Seekers Win In 2012 Elections

4:12 am - 11/14/2012
Election night 2012 was a happy occasion for the bisexual community in the United States as all five openly bisexual candidates on the national and state ballots swept to victory.

National and Statewide Bisexual Elected Officials Win In November 2012Leading the charge was Arizona Congresswoman-elect Kyrsten Sinema representing a new Phoenix-area Congressional District. When she takes her seat in January 2013 she will become just the second out woman and the first openly bisexual member of the US Congress. Sinema released the following statement following the AP’s calling of the AZ09 race in her favor:

“I am grateful for the honor and the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona again. My job is to represent all of the people in CD9 whether they voted for me or not. The voters have given us a clear ‘to do’ list – work to fix our economy, reduce our ballooning debt and better protect the middle class. I am eager to get to work and I intend to team up with anyone of any party who is willing to help change Congress and move our country forward.” 

Sinema's victory was achieved by building a diverse coalition of supporters including the Victory Fund who backed Sinema’s campaign. Said Chuck Wolfe, president, “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.”

The 113th Congress Sinema will be joining will have the largest class of openly LGBT lawmakers to-date on Capitol Hill including Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin the first openly lesbian US Senator; incumbent Congressmen David Cicilline (D-RI) and Jared Polis (D-CO.); as well as fellow freshmen Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Mark Takano (D-CA), who will also be the first openly-gay person of color in the US Congress.

Also re-elected were all four out Bisexual state officials including:

  • State Senator Angie Buhl (D-SD) First elected in 2011, Buhl is not only bisexual, but she’s also the youngest woman to ever serve in the South Dakota Senate. Her efforts can be seen in a variety of arenas, including working as a small business consultant, advocating for women’s rights, protecting employment for seniors and veterans, and serving on Judiciary, Commerce and Energy, Retirement Laws, and Interim Rules Review Committees.

  • Secretary of State Kate Brown (D-OR) After Sinema, Brown is the highest ranking out bisexual official in the U.S. (since Oregon has no lieutenant governor, Brown is second only to the governor). Brown has served Oregonians for more than 20 years, working in family and juvenile law, teaching at Oregon State University, and working with the Juvenile Rights Project. Her legislative achievements since 2009 include leading efforts to reduce health care costs, ensuring education dollars reach classrooms, and pushing to get legislative meetings held in communities to ensure political transparency.

  • State Representative Micah Kellner (D-NY) First elected in 2007 Kellner, the winner of PFLAG Queens 2009 Brenda Howard Award, has pursued environmental and socially-conscious legislation, including affordable housing, mass transit, animal rights, marriage equality, and increased funding for New York City’s public schools. Kellner, who was born with cerebral palsy, is also a strong advocate for rights of persons with disabilities.

  • State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-WI) First elected in 2010 as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, from Milwaukee's District 8, she made history by becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. After being retuned to the legislature in 2012, her collegues signalled there respect for her work by electing her Vice Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus for the coming session. Before taking office, Zamarripa worked as a nonprofit professional as educator and community outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

"It is important that there are so many openly bisexual persons in positions of leadership on this level," said American Institute of Bisexuality's Denise Penn. "By being open, these elected officials provide positive role models for our youth and help educate the general public."

Source: BiMagazine, The Victory Fund, AZ Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, SD State Senator Angie Buhl, Secretary of State Kate Brown, NYS Assemblyman Micah Kellner,WI State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa

wathsalive 14th-Nov-2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Dayum USA well done
gashinenai 14th-Nov-2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
this is great!
pamelalillian 14th-Nov-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
south dakota??? *rubs eyes*
mskye 14th-Nov-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
tothechangmin 14th-Nov-2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
this is such a wonderful article to read after all the shitty articles earlier <3
thistlerose 14th-Nov-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I think this election has left me feeling more hopeful about my country than the one in 2008.
lil_insanity 14th-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
fishphile 14th-Nov-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
twowaymirrrors 14th-Nov-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I completely agree.
masakochan 14th-Nov-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
chaya 14th-Nov-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2012-11-14 02:32 pm (UTC)
85redberries 14th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
haha, this gif is pretty perfect.
psychicherz 15th-Nov-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
oh my god, I love this gif.
lil_insanity 14th-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
This makes me so happy! I feel like it's only been in recent years that bisexuals have gotten positive media attention. (And by positive, I mean attention that isn't fetishizing bisexual women as every male's fantasy.)
halfshellvenus 14th-Nov-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I can't help noticing that almost all of the bisexual people here are women, which is far less squicky to male voters than bisexual men. But progress is still progress.

South Dakota is a wonderful surprise here, as is Arizona (with its horrifying track record on immigration issues).

Looking at the backgrounds of all these people, they all seem energetically committed to making the world a better place, and that is SO refreshing in politicians these days.

Good luck to them all!
coyotesuspect 14th-Nov-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
New York State Rep Micah Kellner is a guy!
halfshellvenus 14th-Nov-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
He is-- I had trouble placing his name there because people are starting to use "Micah" for girls now. :0

His blurb says he has cerebral palsy, and does a lot of advocacy for the disabled as well as all his other good works.

These all look like fantastic people, and I think they will energize the Capital and/or their respective state governments.

Funny about the woman from Oregon-- I grew up there, so when I moved to California I could not figure out what the point of "Lieutenant Governor" was. She's doing the Oregon equivalent of that job, which is second-chair to the governor. :D
moonshaz 14th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
He is-- I had trouble placing his name there because people are starting to use "Micah" for girls now. :0

OT, but I know what you mean, and the first time I encountered this, it really threw me. I guess if you weren't raised on the Bible like my recovering Southern Baptist here ass, it might not seem so weird, but to me it makes about as much sense as naming a girl Robert or Joseph or Matthew.

*rant over*
halfshellvenus 14th-Nov-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Or like naming a boy "Ruth" or Sarah. :O

Those are all very old names-- it's not like they were invented yesterday and have no established context behind them!
bestdaywelived 15th-Nov-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
This is AWESOME, and one of them is a dude. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER (unless Cory Booker became my BFF), OMG.
bettalaylow Completely shallow but Krysten15th-Nov-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Sinema could get it.
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