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Kyrsten Sinema was an Arizona state senator before winning her Congressional seat in 2012. She previously served as the Assistant Leader to the Democratic Caucus in the Arizona House of Representatives. Kyrsten holds both a law degree and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at ASU. She was an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at ASU and practiced law when not in session. Kyrsten also served as faculty for the Center for Progressive Leadership, teaching tomorrow’s community leaders about the political process. Kyrsten has worked on initiatives in Arizona and around the country for a number of years, and in 2006 chaired Arizona Together, the first and only successful effort in the country to defeat a same-sex marriage ballot initiative. In 2008, she chaired Protect Arizona’s Freedom, the coalition that defeated Ward Connerly’s effort to place an initiative on the state ballot to eliminate equal opportunity programs. Kyrsten Sinema was first elected to Congress in a close race in 2012.