Congress Gets 1st Bisexual, Hindu Members

Open bisexual Kyrsten Sinema wins tight Az. race

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 13, 2012 3:48 AM CST

(Newser) – Tammy Baldwin's victory in Wisconsin last week made her the first openly gay US senator, but she isn't the only "first" in the newly elected Congress.

  • Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has been declared the winner in a tight US House race in Arizona, making her the first openly bisexual member of Congress, the AP reports. In her race against the GOP's Vernon Parker in a newly created Phoenix-area district, the GOP attacked her as not understanding stay-at-home moms.

  • Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard has become the first practicing Hindu elected to Congress. The 31-year-old Democrat, who served in Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard, will also be one of the first female combat veterans in Congress, CNN reports. She plans to take her House oath on the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu holy text.
  • Hawaii's Mazie Hirono won her race as well, making her the first Asian-American woman and the first Buddhist in the Senate.

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard gives her victory speech after winning Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.
Democrat Tulsi Gabbard gives her victory speech after winning Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Kyrsten Sinema is seen at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.
Kyrsten Sinema is seen at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
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