AZ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Will Not Seek Reelection

March 6, 2024

Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together to get stuff done, I will leave the Senate at the end of this year.

United States Senator Kyrsten Sinema announcing she will not seek re-election to the Senate.

Why It Matters: Elected to the Senate in 2018 as a Democrat, Sinema became an independent in December of 2022, and was central to legislation including the bipartisan infrastructure package as well as a bill protecting same-sex marriages. Recently, she worked on bipartisan legislation for the southwest border, Ukraine and Israel, which stalled in Congress after months of work.

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “one of Congress’s most productive and controversial lawmakers, a centrist who forged bipartisan deals while also regularly angering progressive Democrats,” Sinema’s retirement from the Senate sets the stage for a two-person race in Arizona’s closely-watched election for the seat.

Read More: Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona says she won’t seek reelection, avoiding 3-way race (The Associated Press)

United States Senate election in Arizona, 2024 (Ballotpedia)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas