Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced that she would not seek reelection, leaving the Senate after one term.
Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced that she would not seek reelection, leaving the Senate after one term.

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema Announces Departure from Senate

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On Tuesday, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema declared that she would not seek reelection, concluding her tenure in the Senate after one term. Responding to her announcement, Utah Senator Mitt Romney commended her dedication and referenced their collaborative efforts in the past. 

In a social media post, Romney lauded Sinema as “brilliant, hardworking, and driven,” highlighting her commitment to the Senate and advocating for the best interests of Arizonans and the nation. He expressed pride in their friendship and partnership on numerous policy accomplishments.

Moderate Departures Amid Partisan Turmoil:

Sinema’s decision to step down follows a pattern of moderate lawmakers opting out of Congress rather than pursuing reelection amid escalating partisan discord. 

Romney had previously indicated openness to endorsing Sinema in a potential 2024 Senate race, citing their history of collaboration. Both senators have been known for their endeavors to bridge the partisan gap in their political careers.

Sinema’s Political Journey:

Initially elected as a Democrat in 2018, Sinema revealed her decision to leave the party and remain independent in 2022. In her social media announcement about leaving the Senate, Sinema cited escalating partisanship and a lack of civility and comprehension in politics as factors influencing her departure. 

She lamented the choice of anger and division in contemporary American politics and emphasized her belief in a different approach.

Future Plans and Polling Insights:

Sinema’s message did not disclose her plans. Recent polls indicated her trailing behind the two presumed nominees for her seat, with Democratic candidate Ruben Gallego leading by 6 points, followed by Republican candidate Kari Lake, according to a survey from The Hill. Despite her departure from the Senate, Sinema’s next steps remain undisclosed.

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