15 Openly Gay US Politicians

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List of Openly Gay US Politicians, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. While a 2013 Gallup Poll revealed that the majority of Americans support gay marriage, the topic is still very controversial in the United States Congress. Several politicians are openly gay, and these trail blazers are pushing gay rights forward in the United States.

Who is the most famous U.S. politician who is openly gay? Tammy Baldwin tops our list. The Wisconsin Senator made headlines when she became the first openly gay person to be elected to the United States Senate in January of 2013. She previously served in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Congresswomen, is openly bisexual.

Perhaps the most outspoken openly gay U.S. politician is Barney Frank. The Massachusetts Congressman has been in office since 1981. In 1987, he became the first U.S. politician to voluntarily come out as gay. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston. Other openly gay men who served in congress include Jim Kolbe, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Jared Polis.

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  1. Tammy Baldwin
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    Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first openly lesbian member of the Wisconsin Assembly when she was elected in 1993. In 1999, she became the first openly gay person elected to the House of Representatives. 

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
  2. Gerry Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress, though he was outed after a 1983 scandal wherein he had a relationship with a 17 year-old male congressional page.  He married his long-time partner Dean T. Hara on May 24, 2004, in Boston.

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1937-2006)
    • Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  3. Barney Frank
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    Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank is the most outspoken gay politician in the U.S. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston.

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
    • Credits: The Party's Over
  4. Wisconsin Congressman Steve Gunderson was outed during a congressional debate in 1994.  Although he is a republican, Gunderson has been an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage.

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  5. Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, came out as gay in 1996.  He became the first gay person to ever speak at the Republican National Convention in 2000.

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  6. Colorado Congressman Jared Polis is openly gay.  He is the primary sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which hopes to end sexual discrimination of children and teens in school.

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur
  7. Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan is openly gay.  He married his longtime partner on November 24, 2006 in Toronto.

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician
  8. Arizona Congresswomen Kyrsten Sinema is openly bisexual, although she is reported to dislike labels of any kind. She is a strong supporter of the Dream Act, which would provide residency to qualifying immigrants.

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
  9. Mark Foley
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    Florida Congressman Mark Foley was outed in 2006, after he was accused of sending sexual explicit messages to underage males. 

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  10. Mike Michaud

    Mike Michaud
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    Maine Congressman Mike Michaud came out as gay in 2013.  He is the first openly gay Congressman from Maine.

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Northern New England, Millinocket, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Politician
  11. Maryland Congressman Robert Bauman was outed as being gay in 1980, after he was charged with soliciting sex from an underage male prostitute.  He lost his campaign for re-election.

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  12. Mississippi Congressman Jon Hinson was outed as gay in 1981 after he was found, by police, engaging in a sexual act with another man in a bathroom in the House of Congress.  He resigned from office after the incident.

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1942-1995)
    • Birthplace: Tylertown, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
  13. Sean Patrick Maloney

    New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is openly gay.  He has been with his partner Randy Florke since 1992. The couple have three adopted children together.

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Canada
    • Profession: Politician, Attorney at law
  14. Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is openly gay.  He severed as Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 2003-2011.  He was the first openly gay Mayor of a state capital.

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, New England, Rhode Island, Providence County, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Politician
  15. In 2004, then New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out as gay.  After admitting to having extramarital affairs with men, McGreevey resigned as Governor in November of 2004.

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
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