Kyrsten Sinema currently serves as state senator for Arizona’s District 15, an area that covers most of central Phoenix. Prior to her November 2010 election to the Arizona State Senate, she served three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives. From 2009 to 2010, she was the assistant leader to the Democratic Caucus. She also served on the appropriations and judiciary committees.
Sinema holds both a law degree and an MSW from Arizona State University, and is currently pursing her PhD in the School of Social Justice and Social Inquiry at ASU. She is the only Arizona legislator to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. In 2006, she chaired Arizona Together, the first and only successful effort in the country to defeat a same-sex marriage ban, ballot initiative, and later she chaired Protect Arizona’s Freedom, the coalition that defeated an effort to eliminate equal opportunity programs. A former Aspen-Rodel Scholar, Sinema completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Power program and its Senior Executive program. She was a Center for Policy Alternative Flemming Fellow, and was selected in 2005 as an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegate to Morocco.
Sinema serves on several national and local boards, too numerous to mention. She was just named by Time magazine as one of the “40 Under 40” rising stars of American politics. Her first book, Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions that Win and Last, was released in July 2009.