Kyrsten Sinema Prepares for National Stage
Representative-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) meets with supporters at a Phoenix coffee shop in Arizona’s 9th District. Photo by Peter O’Dowd
This January, Arizona will send a very different type of Congresswoman to Washington, D.C. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was a social worker who rose quickly through the state legislature.
She also grew up homeless for a time.
And now, at 36, she’s about to hit the national stage as the first person to represent Arizona’s new 9th Congressional District.
On a rainy Saturday morning in December, Sinema sat with her legs dangling from a table at a Phoenix coffee shop.
“So we won the election,” she said, eliciting laughter and applause from about a dozen supporters. “That was good.”
Sinema’s also got a place to live in Washington, D.C., and a new Congressional office.
She told her audience that she marvels at the number of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community that will join her in the freshman class.
“I’m really proud of the Democratic caucus,” said Sinema, who will be the first openly bisexual member of Congress. “I look around in our meetings and I think ‘we really look like America.’”
Read it all. It’s good and not too long. There’s also an audio clip at the link.
Then, if you want more, Peter O’Dowd has added a blog post with a link to Sinema’s Ph.D. thesis.
Representative-elect Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat with a Ph.D., is heading to Congress early next year.
While I was writing a profile about Sinema that’s set to air this week, I came across her doctoral dissertation on the Rwandan genocide. Sinema finished the degree at Arizona State University’s School of Social Justice this year. (Yes, she also ran successfully for Congress in 2012.)
The treatise is 251 pages long and not really relevant for the radio story. But I’m posting it here for a few reasons: