The upcoming House of Representatives will have a record six members this year. Joining Congressman Jarad Polis (D-CO) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI)will be four new members including our first ever openly bisexual member and the first open Asian-American member. Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)moves to the United States Senate and Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) retired this year.
So our readers are able to know more about our new political stars, here is a brief biography on each of them.
Sean Maloney (D-NY):
Sean Maloney defeated incumbent Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in New York's 18th House District. He becomes the first open LGBT Congressman in the history of New York. Sean is not new to politics. He grew up in New Hampshire to an Irish Catholic family with six siblings. Maloney attended Georgetown University and University of Virginia where he received a law degree.
The young political novice worked in the 1992 Clinton campaign. Eventually he worked at the White House as Staff Secretary to President Clinton. In 2006, he ran for the nomination for Attorney General and lost the race to Andrew Cuomo. He served as an advisor to both Governor Eliot Spitzer and Governor David Paterson.
Despite being out spent by 4 to 1, Maloney easily defeated the incumbent. Sean's husband is Randy Florke and they have three children.
Kyrsten Sinema (D- AZ):
Sinema will be the first open bisexual ever to serve in the United States Congress. She was just declared the winner in Arizona's newly formed 9th District. The newly elected Congresswoman was born in Tucson and grew up on Arizona. At times her family had to struggle. At one time in her life, her family lived in an abandoned gas station with no electricity or running water.
Not to be stopped she received a full scholarship to college and amazingly she earned a full 60 college credits while still attending high school
Her father was a very strong conservative Mormon and Sinema earned her B.A. at Brigham Young University. She received her Master's in Social Work from Arizona State and her law degree from the ASU Law School.
She became a social worker. In 2006 she won election to the Arizona House of Representatives and was then elected to the Arizona State Senate.
Mark Takano (D-CA):
Mark Takano is the first openly gay Asian-American elected to the United States Congress. When elected, Takano was a school teacher at Rialto High School. He grandparents and parents were moved in American internment camps doing World War II because of their Japanese heritage.
The newly elected Congressman grew up in Riverside County where he participated in high school football and wrestling. He then attended Harvard University. While there he help create the Ride for Life a cross country bike ride to raise money for Oxfam America.
In 1990, Takano was elected to the Riveride Community College Board of Trustees and was elected Chairman of it. In 1992, he ran for Congress as the Democratic nominee for California's 43rd Congressional District but lost by only 550 votes. With his victory this year he will represent California's District 41.
Mark Pocan (D-WI):
Mark Pocan becomes the newly elected Congressman from Wisconsin's 2nd District. He takes the seat held by Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin. He represents the progressive and very liberal area around Madison.
He was born and raised in Wisconsin. His father, who ran a print shop, served on the Kenosha, Wisconsin City Council. His mother ran a beauty supply store. While attending the University of Wisconsin, he made extra money for college by being a magician and tending bar. Upon graduation, he at first went into public relations but ended up like his father opening up a print shop in Madison.
In the late 1980's he was a victim of a brutal hate crime when he was assaulted by two men as Pocan left a gay bar. That incident started his heavy involvement in LGBT politics. He was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 1991 and then was elected to the State Assembly. He was re-elected to his seat six terms. Pocan was Chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee in the legislature.
He married his partner Phil in Canada in 2006. They have one dog.