Kyrsten Sinema, an out bi woman who has been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in past state legislative races, announced today that she will be running for Congress in the new 9th congressional district in Arizona. Sinema, who would be the first out bi member of Congress, is running in part against, as she says in her launch ad, "the governor [Republican Jan Brewer] and her regressive policies."
On Sinema's Facebook page, the state senator first elected to the state House in 2004 wrote, "I've decided to run for Congress because we need to wake up Washington! I will fight for the forgotten middle class and stand up to a system that is rigged against them."
Because of state law, Sinema will have to resign from the state Senate to run for Congress. Sinema, according to a Roll Call article from June 2011, had been considering this run for a significant period of time.
According to the Roll Call article, Sinema also has experience in LGBT politics, having "raised $2.5 million in 2006 to help defeat an effort to ban same-sex marriages in Arizona."
Watch her announcement video: