Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
45, Arizona, D
The first openly bisexual person in the U.S. Senate and first female Senator from Arizona who rose to prominence for her advocacy for LGBT rights. Kyrsten has also completed an Ironman triathlon and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kyrsten became a love-her-or-hate-her household name in 2021 due to her important role in passing Democrats’ infrastructure proposals.
A former social worker, Kyrsten finished law school and became a criminal defense attorney and adjunct professor, teaching policy and grant-writing. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives, where she was one of the most conservative Democrats, before being elected to the Arizona State Senate, and then the U.S. House of Representatives.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
39, Maine — 2, D