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Revision as of 14:33, 15 August 2013
|U.S. House, Arizona, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Arizona State Senate|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Brigham Young University, 1995|
|Master's||Arizona State University, 1999|
|J.D.||Arizona State University, 2004|
|Ph.D.||Arizona State University, School of Justice and Social Inquiry, 2012|
|Birthday||July 12, 1976|
|Place of birth||Tucson, Arizona|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Sinema began her political career in the Arizona House of Representatives. She represented district 15 from 2005 until her election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. She resigned from the senate on January 3, 2012, in order to run for Congress. She was elected in 2010 to the 15th district. 
Sinema is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program for the upcoming 2014 election. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the election.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sinema is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.
Sinema was raised in Tucson, Arizona, a child of divorce who overcame significant economic obstacles to graduate at the top of her high school class at age 16. After her stepfather, a teacher, lost his job, Sinema's family spent two years living in an abandoned gas station. She went on to receive four degrees, including a bachelor’s and master's degree in social work from Brigham Young University and Arizona State University, respectively, and then both a Juris Doctorate and PhD in justice studies from Arizona State University.
When Sinema was 18, she landed a job as a school social worker in Phoenix, and later became an adjunct professor of social work at Arizona State University. She has used her other various degrees working as a private practice attorney and policy instructor for the Center for Progressive Leadership, where she is a faculty and board member.
She is involved with many organizations such as Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, Girls for a Change, Progressive Democrats of America, and the Arizona Death Penalty Forum.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Sinema's academic, professional and political career:
- 1995: Graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A.
- 1995-2002: Social Worker
- 1999: Graduated from Arizona State University with a M.S.
- 2004: Graduated from Arizona State University with a J.D.
- 2005-2011: Arizona House of Representatives
- 2005-present: Attorney
- 2006-present: Instructor, Center for Progressive Leadership
- 2011-2012: Arizona State Senate
- 2012: Graduated from Arizona State University with a Ph.D.
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives
Sinema serves on the following committees:
- Financial Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
- Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sinema served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on Health and Welfare
- Government Reform Committee, Arizona Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Arizona Senate
- Rules Committee, Arizona Senate
- Audit Committee, Arizona State Legislature
Sinema has been active in ballot measure advocacy. She was the head of the 2008 campaign to defeat Proposition 102. Sinema regularly sponsorsed legislation to restrict ballot initiative rights. She led a coalition to defeat Arizona Proposition 107 (2006).
Sinema's sponsored bills include while a member of the Arizona State House include:
- HB 2150 - animals; fighting
- HB 2483 - elected officials; officeholder expenses; accounts
- HB 2543 - unmarried couples; responsibilities.
- HB 2544 - schools; sex education
For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.
40 under 40
Sinema has been highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 40 leaders under 40 who are "rising stars of American politics."
Sinema's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "The number one job for Congress is creating a stronger economy, both nationally and here in Arizona. That means helping small businesses start and grow, because 90% of new jobs come from small businesses. And Sinema believes Congress needs to do more for the middle class, like protecting payroll tax cuts for working and middle-class families, such as those in the American Jobs Act, which would give a typical Arizona household an additional $1,430 in take-home pay."
- Excerpt: "Half of the world’s energy will come from renewable resources by 2040. Developing clean energy will boost our economy, reduce the effects of global warming, and make Arizona a better place for all of us. And as the sunniest state in America, Arizona is in the drivers’ seat on job-creating solar energy. "
- Excerpt: "As both the daughter of an educator and a college professor herself, Kyrsten Sinema understands that strong schools are built on smart investments – small class sizes, hiring and keeping the best teachers and safe learning environments for students."
- Immigration and Border Security
- Excerpt: "Arizona shares the second-longest border with Mexico, after Texas. Every day, law enforcement fights a losing battle with criminal drug, weapons and human traffickers as well as workers and families looking for a better life here in Arizona."
- Health Care
- Excerpt: "Health care has been the fastest growing expense for businesses and middle-class families. When President Obama moved in 2009 to improve health care by stopping insurance company practices like dropping coverage when you or a family become sick or refusing to cover pre-existing conditions, and strengthening Medicare to offer free preventive care and wellness exams, Sinema supported these and other important reforms to get health care costs under control for all."
Sinema is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
Sinema won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 9th District. She defeated David Schapira and Andrei Cherny in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She then defeated Vernon Parker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained a Libertarian candidate who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Powell Gammill took in over 7,300 more votes than the number that separated Sinema and Parker.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Vernon B. Parker||44.6%||111,630|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Sinema was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. She instead sought the District 15 seat of the Arizona State Senate. She defeated Republican Bob Thomas in the November 2 general election.
|Arizona State Senate, District 15 General Election (2010)|
|Kyrsten Sinema (D)||18,013|
|Bob Thomas (R)||10,663|
Sinema raised $34,285 for the campaign, Lujan raised $35,429, and Hedges raised $33,619.
|Arizona State House, District 15 (2008)|
|Kyrsten Sinema (D)||22,721|
|David Lujan (D)||23,781|
|Ed Hedges (R)||12,860|
Comprehensive donor information for Sinema is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Sinema raised a total of $2,368,161 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Kyrsten Sinema's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Arizona, District 9)||$2,167,384|
|2010||Arizona State Senate (District 15)||$67,544|
|2008||Arizona State House (District 15)||$34,285|
|2006||Arizona State House (District 15)||$38,263|
|2004||Arizona State House (District 15)||$37,968|
|2002||Arizona State House (District 15)||$22,717|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,368,161|
|Kyrsten Sinema (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$48,923.27||$333,062.76||$(74,924.61)||$307,061.42|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$307,061.42||$395,593.02||$(155,279.28)||$547,375.16|
Sinema won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sinema's campaign committee raised a total of $2,167,384 and spent $2,118,461. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Sinema spent $17.38 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 9, 2012 - Kyrsten Sinema Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,196,197|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,170,857|
|Top contributors to Kyrsten Sinema's campaign committee|
|Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund||$29,112|
|Arizona State University||$23,036|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$15,680|
|Human Rights Campaign||$12,916|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
In 2010, Sinema raised $67,544 in contributions. 
No contributions to her campaign were over $1,000.
Below are Sinema's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Susan C Stevens||$130|
|Michael Preston Green||$130|
Ideology and leadership
The website Open Congress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Sinema most often votes with:
Sinema least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Sinema missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sinema's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$50,000 and -$15,001. That averages to -$32,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Sinema has voted with the Democratic Party 89.8% of the time. This ranked 181st among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Kyrsten + Sinema" + Arizona + Senate
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- Media coverage:
- MSN News, "First openly bisexual woman elected to Congress," January 12, 2013
- Current, "Campaigning Gay: Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Congress," June 18, 2012
- "Sinema to resign seat for shot at 9th District", azcentral.com, January 3, 2012
- National Journal "Kyrsten Sinema Winner in Arizona's 9th District," November 13, 2012
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sinema
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Kyrsten Sinema," Accessed June 12, 2013
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Arizona Daily Star, "Ballot issue on marriage still a hot button", October 10, 2008
- Arizona Republic, "State representative writes book on building coalitions", June 21, 2009
- Time Magazine "40 under 40" October 2010
- Campaign website, Issues
- Official primary candidate list
- Associated Press primary results
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
- General election results
- 2008 general election results, Arizona
- Arizona House spending, 2008
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kyrsten Sinema," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Kyrsten Sinema Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Kyrsten Sinema April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Kyrsten Sinema July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Kyrsten Sinema 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- 2010 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Gov Track "Kyrsten Sinema," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Kyrsten Sinema," Accessed July 30, 2013
- GovTrack, "Kyrsten Sinema," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Sinema, (D-Arizona), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House, Arizona, District 3
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
|Arizona State Senate District 15
2011–January 3, 2012
| Succeeded by|
|Arizona State House District 15
| Succeeded by|