STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – TIME magazine selected Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema as one of their first ever “40 Under 40 — Rising Stars of U.S. Politics.”
“This is such an incredible and humbling honor,” Sinema said. “As a lawmaker, I go to the state capitol every day to work for Arizonans by standing up for education, jobs, the economy and small business. It is my hope that we can make our state better sooner.”
Sinema, 34, was selected because as a former Phoenix social worker, she lobbied on housing, education and tax issues before joining the legislature herself. As a third-term Democrat, she co-sponsored a bill to bring high-tech jobs to Arizona to bolster its slumping economy. She joins other rising stars such as Tom Perriello and Rachel Kleinfeld.
The story will be featured in the Oct. 25, 2010 issue, on sale Friday, and viewable online now at www.time.com/40under40. View on Twitter: #TIME40. An online video featuring TIME DC Bureau Chief Michael Duffy and Washington Correspondent Alex Altman talking about the creation of the list can be found at www.time.com/time/video.