Sinema was born in Tucson, Arizona, and has lived in Phoenix since 1995. She holds a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She also practices criminal defense law in the Phoenix community.
Prior to her work at the Legislature, she was a social worker in the Washington School District. She created and directed the Sunnyslope community’s first Family Resource Center. She focused on community development and organization, adult and community education, grant writing and administration, and advocacy for low-income, minority, refugee, and undocumented families.
She is a member of the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. Recently, she served as the Chair of Arizona Together, the first group in the country to defeat a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot. She also works for the Center for Progressive Leadership, teaching tomorrow’s political leaders about leadership and the political process. She was honored with the 2005 Stonewall Democrats Legislator of the Year Award, and Time Magazine named Kyrsten one of the “rising stars of American politics” and one of its “40 under 40” in 2010.
Sinema has been endorsed by an impressive list of groups including the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, EMILY’s List and the Human Rights Campaign. After her primary victory Sinema also made the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)’s list of Red to Blue races – a list of the top races to watch in November.
Originally from in Bi Magazine and reposted with permission