A former female Arizona state lawmaker has won a democratic primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives, putting her one step closer to becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.
The Arizona Republic called Kyrsten Sinema’s race at around 12.30am on Wednesday (29 August).
She defeated former Arizona Democratic Party chairman Andrei Cherny and state Senate minority leader David Schapira, taking 42.5% of the vote with 64.5% of precincts reporting.
Sinema, 36, will now go onto face the Republican primary candidate, who has not yet been announced.
The eventual winner will then become the first representative to represent 9th Congressional District based in Arizona city Tempe, which is a new district this year.
If Sinema wins, she stands to make history twice.
‘Kyrsten is a proven leader who stands up for what’s right and knows how to get results,’ said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which endorsed Sinema.
‘We’re extremely proud of her hard-fought victory tonight and committed to helping bring her authentic, outspoken voice for LGBT equality to Capitol Hill in November.’
The LGBT contingent in Congress will be losing two members this year when Congressman Barney Frank retires and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin makes a bid for the Senate.
However, according to the Victory Fund, LGBT representation on Capitol Hill could potentially double to eight from the current four, with eight out candidates running this year.