- A progressive, pro-choice “Problem Solver”
- A change agent with a social justice agenda
- A quickly forming GOP field in a competitive district
An overachiever with big legislative goals
First-term Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has always been an overachiever – she accumulated enough college credits while still in high school to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work when she was just 18 – and Congress hasn’t changed her a bit. Quick to take on the Republican leadership – Kyrsten called harsh and dangerous new GOP proposals to restrict reproductive choice a “sad distraction” from a meaningful jobs agenda – she’s helped form a “Problem Solvers Coalition” to tackle waste and inefficiency in government while fighting like mad to save thousands of Arizona technology and defense jobs threatened by budget cuts.
Fighting for change that works for all Americans
When it comes to championing America’s and Arizona’s working families, Kyrsten doesn’t just talk the talk – she’s lived the life of a family in dire economic straits. Her family spent nearly two years living in an old gas station with no electricity or running water – and those struggles fueled Kyrsten’s dedication to social justice. She worked at the grassroots level before winning election to the state legislature, where she fought to improve Arizona’s public schools, ban mining around the Grand Canyon and end human trafficking. In Congress she’s working to strengthen homeownership, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and reduce college loan interest rates for new students. Kyrsten led the House freshmen in supporting the Violence Against Women Act and voted to ensure military sexual assault survivors receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
An ace political strategist with a swing seat to defend
Long a respected strategist in Arizona – in 2006 the then-state legislator spearheaded an effort to successfully defeat a same-sex state-level marriage ban – the first time such a proposal was defeated at a state level. Still, her vocal opposition to Tea Party Gov. Jan Brewer’s extremist agenda, including but not limited to Brewer’s infamous, onerous 2010 immigration law, has earned her plenty of political enemies on the state’s Far Right. A fast-forming GOP field includes a former NFL player, a former state senator, a former city councilman and her 2012 opponent, Vernon Parker. Kyrsten will be counting on the EMILY’s List community to help her raise the resources necessary to defend her seat and continue fighting for working families everywhere.
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