Number of LGBT in Congress reaches double digits

Arizona elects Sinema to Senate

There will be at least 10 LGBT members of Congress next year, after Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was officially declared the next Democratic senator of Arizona on Monday night. Sinema, who is openly bisexual, joins the record number of LGBT members who will serve in the 116th Congress.

All 10 members are Democrats. There will now be two LGBT senators: Sinema and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin.

The other eight LGBT House members are listed here:

  • Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island is running for Democratic leadership; 
  • From California, Rep. Mark Takano could be the next chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee; 
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, of Wisconsin, is currently the chair of the Progressive Caucus;
  • Incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, is the first openly gay member of Congress elected by New York. He ran for New York attorney general earlier this year and lost in the Democratic primary;
  • Minnesota's Angie Craig will be the first lesbian mother; 
  • Kansas' Rep.-elect Sharice Davids is also the first Native American congresswoman. 
  • Katie Hill, of California joins the freshman class of House members in 2019, as does New Hampshire's Chris Pappas; 

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis will be trading his Colorado U.S. House seat for the governor's mansion in Colorado in January.

Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate race