Congress Could See Number of Openly-Gay Members Double
Even with Rep. Barney Frank's departure from Congress, the number of openly gay lawmakers could jump next year from four to eight. Incumbents include Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., the heavy favorite in his race, and David Cicilline, D-R.I., who is in a tight race against Republican Brendan Doherty. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is poised to be the first openly gay or lesbian senator if she defeats former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; state Rep. Mark Pocan, also gay, is expected to succeed Baldwin.Congress could also get its first openly bisexual lawmaker if ex-state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema can best Republican Vernon Parker in Arizona. And in California, Democrat Mark Takano could become the first openly-gay Asian-American to serve in the House. He's facing Republican John Tavaglione in a wide-open House race.
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