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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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Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Openly Gay US Politicians
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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. 


Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013, as well as serving three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 78th district. Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. As of 2012, Baldwin's voting record makes her one of the most liberal members of Congress. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Jared Polis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Openly Gay US Politicians
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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.


Jared Schutz Polis is an American politician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A Democrat, Polis is the member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a former member of the Colorado State Board of Education. Polis is the first openly gay parent in Congress. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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Gerry Studds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Openly Gay US Politicians
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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.


Gerry Eastman Studds was an American Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts who served from 1973 until 1997. He was the first openly gay member of Congress. In 1983 he was censured by the House of Representatives after he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old page. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)

Birthplace: Mineola, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, + more

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Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Openly Gay US Politicians
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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.


Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States. Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Frank graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

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