2012 congressional races include record number of LGBT candidates

07/20/2012 | BuzzFeed

More than a dozen openly LGBT candidates could be on the ballot this November as Americans choose their representatives in Congress, but it's not certain that LGBT representation on Capitol Hill will actually increase after this year's elections. Four out members are currently serving in the House, including Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is leaving office, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for the U.S. Senate. Non-incumbent House candidates who could replace them include: Mark Pocan, running in Madison, Wis.; Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican running in Mass.; and Kyrsten Sinema, a former Arizona state lawmaker who could become the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

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