Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Senator

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Kyrsten Lea Sinema

Birthplace: Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dan Alan Sinema, Sr. and Private User
Ex-wife of Private
Sister of Private and Private
Half sister of Holly Ann Sinema

Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Senator

Kyrsten Lea Sinema (/ˈkɪərstən ˈsɪnəmə/; born July 12, 1976) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona since 2019.

Sinema was considered a key swing vote in the Senate, which was split 50–50 between Democrats and Republicans in the 117th U.S. Congress. She is one of three independents in the Senate, the others being Bernie Sanders and Angus King, both of whom also caucus with the Democrats. Sinema has announced she will not seek reelection in 2024.[15]


... born in Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., July 12, 1976; B.A., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; M.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., 1999; J.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., 2004; Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., 2012; social worker; lawyer, private practice; adjunct professor; unsuccessful candidate to the Arizona state house of representatives in 2002; member of the Arizona state house of representatives, 2004-2010; member of the Arizona state senate, 2010-2012; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).

She is of Frisian descent and her patrilineal line can be traced back up 19 generations to Sywvol Zennema who was born in the village of Heeg, Netherlands in 1425. She is also of Danish descent through Peter Nielsen.


  • A ‘bootstraps’ story like no other: Kyrsten Sinema lived in a shuttered country store and gas station. Now she’s running for Senate. By Amy Gardner, Sean Sullivan, Alice Crites August 30, 2018 at 11:31 AM link
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Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Senator's Timeline

July 12, 1976
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States
July 12, 1984
Age 8
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA
Age 19
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Age 43
Phoenix, Arizona, USA