List of LGBT members of the United States Congress

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This is a list of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans in the U.S. Congress. As of January 2019, there were ten openly LGBTQ members of the 116th Congress – all Democrats.[1] This list only includes people who are openly LGBTQ or were outed in obituaries. Current members of Congress are shaded in gray. There has never been an openly transgender member of Congress.


Photo Senator
Party State Term start Term end Notes
Harriswofford.jpg Harris Wofford
Democratic Pennsylvania Pennsylvania May 8, 1991 January 3, 1995 Married another man in 2016[2]
Tammy Baldwin, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tammy Baldwin
(born 1962)
Democratic Wisconsin Wisconsin January 3, 2013 present First openly LGBT Senator[3]
Kyrsten Sinema (cropped).jpg Kyrsten Sinema
(born 1976)
Democratic Arizona Arizona January 3, 2019 present First openly bisexual Senator[4]

House of Representatives[edit]

Photo Representative
Party State Term start Term end Notes
Stewart McKinney.jpg Stewart McKinney
Republican Connecticut January 3, 1971 May 7, 1987 Died of AIDS in 1987. Outed as bisexual in obituary[5][6][7][8][9]
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)[10]
Rep. Barbara Jordan - Restoration.jpg Barbara Jordan
Democratic Texas January 3, 1973 January 3, 1979 Outed in obituary[11]
S001040.jpg Gerry Studds
Democratic Massachusetts January 3, 1973 January 3, 1997 First member of Congress to come out as gay in office, during the 1983 congressional page sex scandal[12]
First openly gay member of Congress to be reelected after outing
Jon Hinson.jpg Jon Hinson
Republican Mississippi January 3, 1979 April 13, 1981 Outed as gay while in office (1980)[13]
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)[14][15]
SteveGunderson.jpg Steve Gunderson
(born 1951)
Republican Wisconsin January 3, 1981 January 3, 1997 Outed on the floor of the House (1994)
First openly gay Republican to be reelected after outing[16][17]
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[18][19][20]
Michael Huffington Dod.jpg Michael Huffington
(born 1947)
Republican California January 3, 1993 January 3, 1995 Came out after serving in Congress (1998)
First self-identified bisexual member of Congress[21]
Retired to run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from California
Mark Foley, official 109th Congress photo.jpg Mark Foley
(born 1954)
Republican Florida January 3, 1995 September 29, 2006 Came out in office, during the 2006 congressional page scandal[22]
Tammy Baldwin, official photo portrait, color.jpg Tammy Baldwin
(born 1962)
Democratic Wisconsin January 3, 1999 January 3, 2013 First openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress
First openly gay woman in Congress[3]
Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
Mike Michaud Official.jpg Mike Michaud
(born 1955)
Democratic Maine January 3, 2003 January 3, 2015 Came out as gay while in office (2013)[23][24]
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)[25]
Retired to run successfully for Governor of Colorado
Aaron Schock Official.jpg Aaron Schock
(born 1981)
Republican Illinois January 3, 2009 March 31, 2015 Came out as gay in 2020[26]
Resigned due to a scandal over government and campaign funds
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 gay Member of Congress to replace another gay Member of Congress (Tammy Baldwin)

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

Rep Kyrsten Sinema, Official Portrait (cropped).jpg Kyrsten Sinema
(born 1976)
Democratic Arizona January 3, 2013 January 3, 2019 First openly bisexual member of Congress[27][28]
Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Arizona
Mark Takano 113th Congress - full.jpg Mark Takano
(born 1960)
Democratic California January 3, 2013 present Openly gay[29][30]
First openly gay person of color elected to Congress.[31]
Angie Craig, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Angie Craig
(born 1972)
Democratic Minnesota January 3, 2019 present Openly gay
Sharice Davids.jpg Sharice Davids
(born 1980)
Democratic Kansas January 3, 2019 present Openly gay[32]
First openly gay woman of color elected to Congress.
Katie Hill, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Katie Hill
(born 1987)
Democratic California January 3, 2019 November 1, 2019 Openly bisexual[33]
Resigned in 2019 amid allegations of improper relationships[34]
Chris Pappas, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Chris Pappas
(born 1980)
Democratic New Hampshire January 3, 2019 present Openly gay[35]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Wofford, Harris (April 23, 2016). "Finding love again, this time with a man". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2016. Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall – straight, gay or in between. I don't categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.
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  13. ^ "Jon Hinson, 53, Congressman And Then Gay-Rights Advocate". The New York Times. July 26, 1995. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
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  26. ^ Coleman, Justin (March 5, 2020). "Former GOP Rep. Aaron Schock comes out as gay". The Hill. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
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  28. ^ Roig-Franzia, Manuel (January 2, 2013). "Kyrsten Sinema: A success story like nobody else's". The Washington Post. Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
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  31. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (November 7, 2012). "Mark Takano Becomes First LGBT Person of Color in Congress". The Advocate.
  32. ^ "Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
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