A champion for Arizona working families
Kyrsten Sinema is running for the U.S. Senate to break down barriers to opportunity for all of Arizona’s working families. She grew up in a family that struggled to get by, and experienced homelessness as a child when her father lost his job and her family lived for a time in an abandoned gas station without electricity or running water. Kyrsten worked hard to overcome the obstacles in her way, and after graduating from high school as valedictorian at age 16, she earned a full academic scholarship to college and graduated early with honors. She has dedicated her career to giving others an opportunity to succeed and began her career as a social worker in a low-income Phoenix community. Kyrsten soon realized that solving the problems facing the families she served – poverty, homelessness, job loss, abuse – meant thinking bigger than one family at a time. She went back to school, earning a law degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and began working at the grassroots level to fight for Arizonans whose voices weren’t being heard in the government that was meant to serve them. Kyrsten ran a successful grassroots campaign for the state House, where she served for six years before she was elected to serve a term in the state Senate. In 2012, she was elected to the United States House of Representatives, making history as the first openly bisexual member of Congress. When elected to the U.S. Senate, Kyrsten will continue her life’s work of breaking through partisan gridlock to fight for all Arizonans.
A tireless fighter for economic opportunity
Kyrsten is a fierce advocate for increasing economic opportunity for all Arizonans, strengthening and growing the middle class, and protecting Social Security and Medicare from reckless plans to cut them. She understands that too many Arizonans are struggling to get by and do right by their families in a tough economy, and she works tirelessly to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Throughout her career of public service, Kyrsten has fought back against the extreme Republican agenda that would roll back the progress we have worked so hard to make. She joined the “Problem Solvers Coalition” to tackle waste and inefficiency in government, grow our economy, and tackle the biggest challenges facing working families. Kyrsten is a champion for Arizona women, and in 2013 she led the House freshmen in supporting the Violence Against Women Act. An advocate for all our veterans, she worked to ensure military sexual assault survivors receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kyrsten fights for Arizona’s public schools because she knows from personal experience that educational opportunities can transform a child’s life. Kyrsten is unrelenting in her work to break through the gridlock and create opportunities for working families, and to ensure that all Arizonans’ voices are heard in the halls of power.
One of the best chances to flip a Senate seat from red to blue
Kyrsten is running against Senator Jeff Flake, one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in 2018. This is one of our best opportunities to flip a seat from red to blue, and a must-win race with high stakes for working families. Flake has repeatedly gambled with the lives of millions of Americans and worked to advance a dangerous health care agenda at the expense of the working families he was elected to serve. Deeply unpopular in Arizona, Flake is brandishing his lockstep support for his party and President Trump’s agenda as he faces a difficult primary. While Flake puts politics before people, Kyrsten remains focused as always on fighting for Arizona’s working families. The GOP cannot afford to lose Flake, a reliable deciding vote for their dangerous agenda, and deep-pocketed special interests will be sure to do everything in their power to help him hold onto this seat. But Kyrsten never backs down from a tough fight, especially when the stakes are so high for the Arizonans she’s dedicated her career to serving. Let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community and give her the resources she’ll need to flip this seat from red to blue and move Arizona forward for working families.