Senator Kyrsten Sinema switches to independent


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced December 9 she has registered as an independent, a renegade move that could bolster her political brand but won’t upend the Democrats’ narrow Senate majority. She says she will not caucus with Republicans.

Sinema, an out bisexual senator who faces reelection in 2024, has been a vibrant yet often unpredictable force in the Senate, tending toward the state’s independent streak and frustrating Democratic colleagues at times with her overtures to Republicans and opposition to Democratic priorities.