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List of LGBT members of the United States Congress

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans who have served in the United States Congress.

As of November 2019, there were nine openly LGBT members of the 116th Congress – all Democrats.[1][2] This list only includes people who are openly LGBT or were outed after their deaths in obituaries. Current members of Congress are shaded in gray. There has never been an openly transgender member of Congress.


LGBT members of the U.S. Senate who served openly

Photo Senator (lifespan) Party State Term start Term end Notes
Tammy Baldwin, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tammy Baldwin (born 1962) Democratic Wisconsin Wisconsin January 3, 2013 present Openly lesbian

First openly LGBT senator[3]

Kyrsten Sinema (cropped).jpg Kyrsten Sinema (born 1976) Democratic Arizona Arizona January 3, 2019 present Openly bisexual

First openly bisexual senator[4]

Former members of the U.S. Senate who have come out as LGBT

Photo Senator (lifespan) Party State Term start Term end Notes
Harriswofford.jpg Harris Wofford (1926–2019) Democratic Pennsylvania Pennsylvania May 8, 1991 January 3, 1995 Announced his marriage to another man in 2016[5]

House of Representatives

LGBT members of the U.S. House of Representatives who served openly

Photo Representative (lifespan) Party State Term start Term end Notes
Robert Bauman US Congress photo portrait.jpg Robert Bauman (born 1937) Republican Maryland August 21, 1973 January 3, 1981 Outed as gay while in office (1980)[6]
S001040.jpg Gerry Studds (1937–2006) Democratic Massachusetts January 3, 1973 January 3, 1997 First member of Congress to come out as gay while in office, after being implicated in the 1983 congressional page sex scandal[7]
First openly LGBT person to win election to Congress, after winning reelection in 1984
Jon Hinson.jpg Jon Hinson (1942–1995) Republican Mississippi January 3, 1979 April 13, 1981 Outed as gay while in office (1980)[8]
Barneyfrank.jpg Barney Frank (born 1940) Democratic Massachusetts January 3, 1981 January 3, 2013 Came out as gay while in office (1987)
First member of Congress in a same-sex marriage (2012)[9][10]
SteveGunderson.jpg Steve Gunderson (born 1951) Republican Wisconsin January 3, 1981 January 3, 1997 Outed as gay the floor of the House (1994)
First openly gay Republican to be reelected after outing[11][12]
Jim Kolbe.jpg Jim Kolbe (born 1942) Republican Arizona January 3, 1985 January 3, 2007 Came out as gay while in office, after voting for the Defense of Marriage Act (1996)
First openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention[13][14][15]
Mark Foley, official 109th Congress photo.jpg Mark Foley (born 1954) Republican Florida January 3, 1995 September 29, 2006 Came out as gay while in office, after being implicated in the 2006 congressional page scandal[16]
Tammy Baldwin, official photo portrait, color.jpg Tammy Baldwin (born 1962) Democratic Wisconsin January 3, 1999 January 3, 2013 First openly LGBT non-incumbent elected to Congress
First open lesbian in Congress[3]
Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, becoming the first openly LGBT person elected to the U.S. Senate
Mike Michaud Official.jpg Mike Michaud (born 1955) Democratic Maine January 3, 2003 January 3, 2015 Came out as gay while in office (2013)[17][18]
Retired to run unsuccessfully for Governor of Maine
Jared Polis Official 2012.jpg Jared Polis (born 1975) Democratic Colorado January 3, 2009 January 3, 2019 Openly gay
First same-sex parent in Congress (2011)[19]
Retired to run successfully for Governor of Colorado, becoming the first openly gay person elected governor of a U.S. state[20]
David Cicilline, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg David Cicilline (born 1961) Democratic Rhode Island January 3, 2011 present Openly gay
Congressman Maloney official.jpg Sean Maloney (born 1966) Democratic New York January 3, 2013 present Openly gay
Mark Pocan official photo (cropped).jpg Mark Pocan (born 1964) Democratic Wisconsin January 3, 2013 present Openly gay

First LGBT member of Congress to replace another LGBT member of Congress (Tammy Baldwin)

First non-incumbent elected to Congress in a same-sex marriage[21]

Rep Kyrsten Sinema, Official Portrait (cropped).jpg Kyrsten Sinema (born 1976) Democratic Arizona January 3, 2013 January 3, 2019 Openly bisexual

First openly bisexual member of Congress

Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Arizona, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to either the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives[22]

Mark Takano 113th Congress - full.jpg Mark Takano (born 1960) Democratic California January 3, 2013 present Openly gay

First openly gay person of color elected to Congress

First openly LGBT Asian American elected to Congress

Angie Craig, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Angie Craig (born 1972) Democratic Minnesota January 3, 2019 present Openly lesbian
Sharice Davids.jpg Sharice Davids (born 1980) Democratic Kansas January 3, 2019 present Openly lesbian

First openly gay woman of color elected to Congress

First openly LGBT Native American elected to Congress

Katie Hill, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Katie Hill (born 1987) Democratic California January 3, 2019 November 1, 2019 Openly bisexual

Resigned in 2019 amid allegations of improper relationships

Chris Pappas, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Chris Pappas (born 1980) Democratic New Hampshire January 3, 2019 present Openly gay

Former members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have come out/been outed as LGBT

Photo Representative (lifespan) Party State Term start Term end Notes
Stewart McKinney.jpg Stewart McKinney (1931–1987) Republican Connecticut January 3, 1971 May 7, 1987 Outed as bisexual in obituary after dying of AIDS in 1987[23][24][25][26][27]
Rep. Barbara Jordan - Restoration.jpg Barbara Jordan (1936–1996) Democratic Texas January 3, 1973 January 3, 1979 Outed in obituary[28]
Michael Huffington Dod.jpg Michael Huffington (born 1947) Republican California January 3, 1993 January 3, 1995 Came out as bisexual after serving in Congress (1998)[29]
Retired to run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from California
Aaron Schock Official.jpg Aaron Schock (born 1981) Republican Illinois January 3, 2009 March 31, 2015 Came out as gay in 2020[30]
Resigned due to a scandal over government and campaign funds

See also


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  13. ^ Dunlap, David W. (August 3, 1996). "A Republican Congressman Discloses He Is a Homosexual". The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2007.
  14. ^ Campbell, Julia (August 1, 2000). "Openly Gay Congressman Addresses Convention". ABC News.
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  17. ^ "Michaud: 'I haven't changed. I'm Mike.'". The Bangor Daily News. November 5, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
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  19. ^ Parkinson, John (September 30, 2011). "House Democrat Jared Polis Becomes First Openly Gay Parent in Congress". ABC News. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  20. ^ "Colorado's Jared Polis makes history as gay governor". AP NEWS. January 9, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
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