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 BaldwinHillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Hillicon Valley: Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments | Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing | Senators urge USDA to open up rural broadband funding 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 CicillineTrump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency MORE of Rhode Island.