Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s 9th Congressional District race, on Monday, and became the first bisexual to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
The Former Arizona state senator ran against Republican Vernon Parker, who opposed LGBT non-discrimination laws and same sex marriage.
Thousands of early and provisional ballots were counted for almost a week after Election Day, but Sinema took a 5,789-vote lead on Monday and was declared the winner by the Associated Press
Sinema said in a statement: “I am grateful for the honor and the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona again. My job is to represent all of the people in CD9 whether they voted for me or not. The voters have given us a clear ‘to do’ list: work to fix our economy, reduce our ballooning debt and better protect the middle class. I am eager to get to work and I intend to team up with anyone of any party who is willing to help change Congress and move our country forward.”
Parker said in a statement: “I want to thank the voters and the people of Arizona. While I had wished for a different outcome, I will continue my public service so that everybody can follow the American dream just like I did.”