Meet the 10 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Members of the 116th Congress
The rainbow wave has arrived.
A historic number of LGBTQ people have joined Congress.
Ten out politicians were sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress Thursday -- two in the U.S. Senate and eight in the House of Representatives. This "rainbow wave" of politicians joins the most diverse Congress ever, which includes over 100 women, over 50 black members, 39 Hispanic members, two Native American women, and two Muslim women. The watershed moment was lauded by Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Institute, as a turning point in the history of federal lawmaking.
"A historic number of LGBTQ people will serve in the new U.S. Congress and their influence will shape the debate on equality legislation and issues moving forward," Parker said. "In the U.S. Senate, those opposed to the Equality Act will now need to look two openly LGBTQ senators in the eyes and tell them their lives are not worth protecting. In the U.S. House, Speaker Pelosi will have eight LGBTQ representatives to consult about how various healthcare or criminal justice reform policies uniquely affect our community. The relationships these LGBTQ lawmakers will build with their colleagues on Capitol Hill are transformative, and with an unprecedented number of women and people of color also joining the 116th Congress, equality issues will finally receive the attention they deserve."
Meet the Senate and House members who are representing our community -- and America -- below.
Tammy Baldwin - Senator (D-Wisconsin)
Tammy Baldwin, the first lesbian politician ever elected to the U.S. Senate, won her 2018 reelection. She represents Wisconsin.
David Cicilline - Representative (D-Rhode Island, First District)
David Cicilline -- the former mayor of Providence, R.I., and the first openly gay mayor of a state capital -- has represented Rhode Island's First Congressional District since 2011.
Angie Craig - Representative (D-Minnesota, Second District)
Angie Craig is the newly elected U.S. representative for Minnesota's Second Congressional District.
Sharice Davids (D-Kansas, Third District)
Sharice Davids is the newly elected representative for Kansas's Third Congressional District. She makes history as Kansas's first LGBTQ member of Congress and the first gay Native American woman elected to Congress.
Katie Hill - Representative (D-California, 25th District)