Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Senator from Arizona

Kyrsten Sinema

U.S. Senator from Arizona

Kyrsten Lea Sinema was born in July 1976 in Tucson, Arizona. She earned an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and spent seven years working in a Phoenix-area elementary school district. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and earned a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University College of Law. She completed a course at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government program for senior executives and government and earned a Ph.D. in justice studies from Arizona State University. 

She became an adjunct professor of law at Arizona State and an adjunct law professor at Arizona Summit Law School.  

She served 12 total years as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives and one year in the Arizona Senate. She was elected to the United States Senate, assuming office in January 2019. 

Sinema is divorced. She was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but left while still in college. Her religious preference is listed as unaffiliated. 

In the News…

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema told a group of her colleagues in the House of Representatives that she will not support a multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package until Congress passes the $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill first. She remains a key Senator whose resistance to the reconciliation deal has stalled the legislation. 

In a senate with a 50-50 split, she has the ability to prevent legislation from moving forward, now that her party is using a process known as reconciliation to muscle the bill through relying on their thin majorities. It allows the bill to be approved with only a simple majority vote, bypassing united opposition and the usual 60-vote threshold in the Senate. 

She refrains from making public comments on her position or role. 

Meanwhile, Senator Sinema is in Europe on a fund-raising trip as the Senate is out of session for a week. Although political campaigns and parties cannot raise money from foreign nationals, American citizens living abroad can and do regularly contribute. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Sinema today?  You can let her know at:

The Honorable Kyrsten Sinema 
Senator from Arizona 
317 Hart Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510 


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