Number of LGBT lawmakers in Congress hits double digits

Number of LGBT lawmakers in Congress hits double digits
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The number of openly LGBTQ members elected to serve in the 116th Congress has reached the double digits with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema’s victory in the Arizona Senate declared on Monday night.

Sinema, who is bisexual, joins nine other openly LGBTQ people who have been elected to serve in the legislature — a historic number, according to CBS News.

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The Arizona senator-elect joins Wisconsin Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinTrade wars and the over-valued dollar Overnight Health Care: Senate panel advances drug pricing bill amid GOP blowback | House panel grills Juul executives | Trump gives boost to state drug import plans | Officials say new migrant kids' shelter to remain open but empty Senators vow to bring transparency to drug pricing MORE (D) as the second openly LGBTQ member currently serving in the chamber.

Baldwin made history in 2012 when she became the country’s first openly gay person to be elected to the Senate. 

The other eight LGBT people who were elected to serve in the House include: Sharice Davids, who also made history this month as one of the first Native Americans to be elected to Congress, Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Katie Hill of California and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation Democrat calls for public review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger agreement Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness' MORE of Rhode Island.