List of LGBT Americans in the United States Congress

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This is a list of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans in the U.S. Congress. This list only includes individuals who came out.


Senator State Party Term Notes
Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Democratic 2013–present First openly gay person to be elected to the Senate

House of Representatives[edit]

Representative State Party Term Notes
Stewart McKinney Connecticut Republican 1971-1987 Died (Complications due to AIDS)[1][2][3][4][5]
Gerry Studds Massachusetts Democratic 1973-1997 First member of Congress to come out as gay (in 1983); First openly gay committee chairman (Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 1990–1995)
Robert Bauman Maryland Republican 1973-1981 Lost reelection in 1981, came out afterward
Jon Hinson Mississippi Republican 1979-1981 Resigned in 1981, came out afterward
Barney Frank Massachusetts Democratic 1981-2013 First LGBT member of Congress to be married while in office
Steve Gunderson Wisconsin Republican 1981-1997 Outed on the floor of the House in 1994
Jim Kolbe Arizona Republican 1985-2007 Came out in 1996 after voting for the Defense of Marriage Act
Michael Huffington California Republican 1993-1995 Came out as bisexual in 1998, the first bisexual to have been elected to Congress
Mark Foley Florida Republican 1995-2006 Resigned after congressional page incidents. Came out in 2006 post-resignation.
Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Democratic 1999-2013 First lesbian to be elected to Congress
Mike Michaud Maine Democratic 2003-2015 Came out in 2013. Ran for Governor in 2014
Jared Polis Colorado Democratic 2009–present First gay parent in Congress
David Cicilline Rhode Island Democratic 2011–present
Sean Patrick Maloney New York Democratic 2013–present
Mark Takano California Democratic 2013–present First non-white LGBT person to be elected to Congress
Mark Pocan Wisconsin Democratic 2013–present
Kyrsten Sinema Arizona Democratic 2013–present First out bisexual to be elected to Congress

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AIDS Makes Another Chilling Advance, Claiming the Life of a Congressman". People magazine (New York, NY: TIME, Inc.). May 25, 1987. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ Houston, Paul (May 8, 1987). "Connecticut's McKinney, GOP Liberal, Dies of AIDS". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA). Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kimmey, Samantha (December 20, 2012). "Rep. Barney Frank Comments on Scalia, Prostitution, Marijuana and More". The Raw Story. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (August 23, 1989). "Congressman Killed by AIDS Led Secret Life, Gay Man Claims". Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME). Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ May, Clifford D. (May 9, 1987). "Friends Say McKinney Had Homosexual Sex". New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2014.