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Politician who lost race to first bisexual Senator gets Senate seat anyway

Politician who lost race to first bisexual Senator gets Senate seat anyway

Arizona Senator Martha McSally

Republican Martha McSally lost her election race in November for one of Arizona’s seats in the Senate. On Tuesday (18 December), however, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey handed her the other Senate seat.

McSally narrowly lost to Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema in the midterm election race. With her win by about 60,000 votes, Sinema became the first openly bisexual member of the United States Senate.

Ducey appointed McSally to the late John McCain’s Senate seat for the next two years.

It is protocol for a state governor to appoint successors when a state official passes way. Originally, Ducey appointed Jon Kyl to take over the seat, but only for the remainder of Congress’ then-current session.

‘With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the US Senate,’ Ducey said.

‘I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.’

In his remarks, he highlighted McSally’s 26-year military career, including being the ‘first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat’.

McSally served in the House of Representatives for the past four years.

One woman is a first for Arizona, now they have two female senators

‘As I now deploy to the Senate, I pledge to devote all my energies to ensuring all Arizonans have a voice,’ McSally said in accepting the position.

‘I also look forward to working with Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate, like we did in the House. There’s a lot of common ground between us, and I’m ready to hit it running.’

Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, will swear in Sinema first on 3 January as the senior senator.

Ducey said this is to respect Arizona voters: ‘I’m also going to respect the will of voters. Sen.-elect Sinema was elected to the office and she’s going to be sworn in first.’

McSally, however, is not a strong advocate for LGBTI rights.

In 2015, she said she would respect the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, but believed the debate truly belongs to the states.

She has also voted in favor of a bill to dismantle an Obama-era policy making it illegal for goverment contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

This year, the Human Rights Campaign gave her a score of 48 on LGBTI equality. This score was higher than most Republicans, but lower than Democrats.

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