The Honorable Richard E Neal

Kyrsten Sinema

Just a heads up, we are talking about winners of the 2018 midterms in no particular order. I went to a website of winners and copied names down in the order I found them there. That being said, Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema won quite a victory.

Although it was her 2012 election to the U.S. House of Representatives that made her the first openly bisexual member of Congress in the history of the United States, her election to the Senate makes her both the first female Senator-elect from Arizona and the first openly bisexual person to win a U.S. Senate seat. And she is the first Democratic Senator Arizona has sent to DC since 1988.

All of the is impressive. But here is the little fact I found in her Wikipedia page that made me sit back and think, “This woman might very well be unstoppable.”

Here it is, in its entirety:

Sinema first ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002, as an independent affiliated with the Arizona Green Party. She finished in last place in a five-candidate field, receiving 8% of the vote.

Yes, you read that right. Kyrsten Sinema earned only 8% of the vote and then in 2004 she ran again and won. Maybe that is normal, maybe most politicians pancake the first time they stand for public office but good golly Miss Molly, I would not have come back from 8%. I would have found a job the exact opposite of elected official. DMV employee?

But be advised, Sinema is a Democrat from Arizona.

Sinema voted to make Trump’s tax cuts permanent. FiveThirtyEight says that, as of November 2018, Sinema voted in line with Trump’s position on legislation 62.2% of the time. That being said, she supports abortion rights, the DREAM Act and has a history of supporting at least the idea of universal healthcare.

“I used to say that I wanted universal health-care coverage in Arizona, which went over like a ton of bricks. Turns out, Arizonans hear the word ‘universal’ and think ‘socialism’—or ‘pinko commie’. But when I say that I want all Arizonans to have access to affordable, quality health care, Arizonans agree wholeheartedly. Same basic idea, different language.”

As far as gun control, the NRA gave Sinema a 33% score. So not horrible.

The takeaway here is that Sinema has been truly bipartisan during her career as a Representative. For some people that is a mark in her favor. With Trump having 2 more years in office, the fact Simena voted with him 62% of the time makes me a little nervous.

This is a Senator to keep an eye on. I don’t know that anyone will be able to predict the course she will chart over the next 6 years. Let’s agree to keep a close eye on how she votes.

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