Progressive To Filibuster Defender: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Political Evolution – NPR

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Tim Murphy, senior reporter for Mother Jones, about Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s politics.


This weekend, we’ve been taking a look at two of the people who hold a lot of sway when it comes to the key issues being pushed by Democrats and the Biden White House. When it comes to moving forward on infrastructure spending, a budget proposal, measures to protect voting rights and reform immigration law, two Democratic senators have been at the center of it all – Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Yesterday, we took a look at Senator Manchin’s path to this point. And today, we’re going to dig into Senator Sinema’s biography, which, we should say, could not be more different than his. She came to politics with a compelling personal story about a hard climb out of childhood poverty to become the holder of four advanced degrees. She’s been a social worker, a street activist with a flair for the theatrical and the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress.

To tell us more, we called on Tim Murphy, senior reporter for Mother Jones, for which he published a long profile of Senator Sinema.