LGBTQ Politicians Share Excitement Over Being Sworn-In

The rainbow wave candidates have been sworn-in and are ready to get to work.

The rainbow wave came in with a fury this past year, sweeping LGBTQ candidates into office.

Now, as we start the new year, they have now been sworn-in and are celebrating the start of 2019, and their new terms, some of which are firsts. They are taking to social media to share pictures of their name placards and their visions for their time in office going forward. That is, once the government shutdown comes to an end.

Sharice Davids

Rep. Sharice Davids (pictured above) defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder in the race for Kansas’ 3rd congressional district. She is the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Kansas, one of the first two Native American woman, and the first lesbian Native American individual elected to Congress.

Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin
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Sen. Tammy Baldwin won her bid for re-election, fending off challenger Leak Vukmir, in Wisconsin. Baldwin and Sen. Krysten Sinema are the two LGBTQ members of the Senate.

Krysten Sinema

Krysten Sinema
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Sinema won a tight race in Arizona to become the first bisexual Senator.

Brian Sims

Rep. Brian Sims decisively won re-election, giving him a fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Malcolm Kenyatta

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first African-American gay man elected to a state office in Pennsylvania, winning the 181st District.

Angie Craig

Rep. Angie Craig is the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, beating out incumbent Rep. Jason Lewis.

Maura Healey

Maura Healy
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won her re-election bid, defeating Republican challenger James McMahon.

Susan Ruiz

Rep. Susan Ruiz won her election to represent District 13 in the Kansas House of Representatives. She is one of the first two openly LGBTQ members of the Kansas Legislature.

Brandon Woodard

Rep. Brandon Woodard is the other openly LGBTQ member elected to the Kansas Legislature, representing the 30th District. This will also be his first term in office.

Julian Cyr

Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr won re-election, defeating Republican opponent John Flores to secure a second term.

Gerri Cannon

Rep. Gerri Cannon became one of two transgender women elected to the New Hampshire House, after finishing second in the Stafford County District 18, with 21% of the vote.

Lisa Bunker

Rep. Lisa Bunker is the other transgender woman who made history by being elected to the New Hampshire House, representing District 18. Bunker and Cannon now join Virginia state Del. Danica Roem as the only openly trans members of a state legislature.

Brianna Titone

Rep. Brianna Titone is Colorado’s first transgender lawmaker, elected to represent House District 27 in a tight race.

Chris Papas

Congressman Chris Pappas became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from New Hampshire, winning his race against Eddie Edwards, the former Police Chief of South Hampton.

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