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
Gerry Studds Massachusetts Democratic 1973-1997 First member of Congress to come out as gay (in 1983)
Robert Bauman Maryland Republican 1973-1981 Lost re-election after a scandal involving male prostitution
Jon Hinson Mississippi Republican 1979-1981 Resigned in 1981, came out afterward
Barney Frank Massachusetts Democratic 1981-2013 First openly gay committee chairman (Financial Services)
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.
Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Democratic 1999-2013 First lesbian to be elected to Congress
Mike Michaud Maine Democratic 2003–present Came out in 2013
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 First LGBT member of Congress to be married while in office
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

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