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posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 45
Historic number of LGBTQ people elected to US House;
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Historic number of LGBTQ people elected to US House;

LGBTQ pickups helped strengthen new Democratic majority

WASHINGTON, DC - Eight openly LGBTQ candidates have won their races for the US House and one will head to a recount, ensuring a historic number of openly LGBTQ candidates in the US Congress next year. Three of the LGBTQ candidates won seats currently held by Republicans, one won in a key swing district held by a retiring Democrat, and four were incumbents. US Sen. Tammy Baldwin won a resounding re-election in Wisconsin, and Kyrsten Sinema's race for US Senate in Arizona remains too close to call.

"An unprecedented rainbow wave of LGBTQ congressional candidates helped strengthen the new Democratic majority, flipping three seats and securing eight seats in all," said Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. "LGBTQ candidates won over independents and even Republicans to win in some of the most competitive districts in the nation, proving that out LGBTQ candidates can secure big wins in tough places. With more LGBTQ candidates in the US House than ever before, we have the opportunity to finally pass equality legislation too long ignored."

"There was hand-wringing among some politicos about whether LGBTQ candidates would provide the best opportunity for Democrats to pick up seats in red districts. Instead we saw LGBTQ candidates talk openly about their lives to a degree unseen in past elections - and it resonated with voters. We tripled the number of LGBTQ women members of Congress, doubled the number of LGBTQ people of color, and increased our overall number of LGBTQ members from six to eight. And we played a key role in securing a pro-equality Congress. America needs authentic, values-driven elected officials in the halls of power right now, and voters found those qualities in our out LGBTQ candidates."

The LGBTQ Victory Fund raised more than $235,554 for its endorsed LGBTQ US House candidates and more than $366,000 for its US Senate candidates this cycle.

Below are the LGBTQ congressional candidates who have won their races so far. Incumbents are italicized. Additionally, openly [bisexual] US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's race for US Senate remains too close to call, and Gina Ortiz Jones' race for the US House will head to a recount.



Currently there are six openly LGBTQ members in the US House and one openly LGBTQ US senator. Twenty-two openly LGBTQ candidates won Democratic or Republican primaries for US Senate or US House this year - more than at any other time in US history. Twelve of the candidates were endorsed by the Victory Fund. The unprecedented number of nominees marks a 29.4% increase when compared to the 2016 election cycle and a 340% increase since 2010.

For the latest results, visit victoryfund.org/results2018.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government. victoryfund.org

Courtesy of the LGBTQ Victory Fund

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