|U.S. House, Arizona, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$17.38 in 2012|
|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
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 40 under 40
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 4.4 Sponsored legislation
- 4.5 Ballot measures
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 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.
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
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Sinema's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Sinema voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Sinema voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Sinema voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Sinema voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Sinema voted for HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Sinema voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Sinema was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Sinema voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Sinema voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Sinema voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
40 under 40
Sinema was 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'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.
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 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|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$547,375.16||$329,040.77||$(94,813.44)||$781,602.49|
|Year-End||January 29, 2014||$781,602||$339,303||$(99,316)||$1,021,589|
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 OpenCongress 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, Sinema's net worth as of 2012 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 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Sinema ranked as the 425th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Kyrsten Sinema Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress 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 "Kyrsten+Sinema"+Arizona+Senate&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss Kyrsten Sinema News Feed
- Documentary Airing Monday Aims To Provide Insight Into Arizona - KJZZ
- Kyrsten Sinema Turns Blue Dog, Liberals Blow a Gasket - Phoenix New Times (blog)
- Grijalva unapologetic over missed votes - Arizona Republic
- Atheists in America, Rejoice: Here Are The Least Religious Cities - Bustle
- Honda Campaign Hits Back At Ro Khanna's 'People's Pledge' With An Alternative - Huffington Post
- Controversial Republican State Senator Dick Black Withdraws From House Race - Huffington Post
- Immigration Advocates Face Serious Challenges in Passing Reform in 2014 - The Real News Network
- Retirements like Gerlach's shrink political center - Daily Local News
- House retirements shrink the political center - U.S. News & World Report
- Martha McSally's Bid To Flip Arizona Dem Ron Barber's House Seat Just Got A ... - Huffington Post
- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from Arizona
- Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012
- Arizona's 9th Congressional District
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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
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Time Magazine "40 under 40" October 2010
- Campaign website, Issues
- 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
- 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
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- 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
- Federal Election Commission "Kyrsten Sinema October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Kyrsten Sinema Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
- 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
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 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, "Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz), 2012"
- OpenCongress "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|