Joe Biden Endorses Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate
June 28, 2018
Former Vice President Joe Biden today endorsed Kyrsten Sinema in her campaign for U.S. Senate. Biden hailed Sinema for her success working past party labels to get things done for Arizona families. In particular, the former Vice President praised Sinema for her work to expand protections for women and families across Arizona by helping to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act—a landmark law that Biden originally authored as a U.S. Senator.
Former Vice President Joe Biden issued the following statement:
“I am proud to support my friend Kyrsten Sinema in her campaign for Senate. Kyrsten understands the challenges and opportunities that Arizona families face every day and will make a great Senator.
I’ve seen first-hand how Kyrsten gets things done for Arizona. She was indispensable to our work to strengthen the landmark Violence Against Women Act and brought a unique perspective, having worked in communities and schools. Together with Kyrsten, we expanded protections against domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Kyrsten also cares deeply for the brave men and women who wear our nation’s uniform. From standing up for our active duty service members to her work to ensure all veterans get the care they deserve, Kyrsten is tenacious in delivering results.
Kyrsten is as hard-working and principled as they come. She has the rare ability to cut through the political games and work across the aisle to get things done. These qualities can be tough to find today, but are as important as ever to solve our nation’s toughest challenges. We need more people like Kyrsten in the U.S. Senate.”
Kyrsten Sinema issued the following statement:
“When I first got to Congress, I was proud to work alongside Vice President Biden to protect women and children from sexual abuse and domestic violence by strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. I am honored to have Vice President Biden as a partner in our fight to give everyday Arizonans a voice in the Senate.”
Kyrsten Sinema has always been a passionate advocate for women and families. Her long track record of advocacy began in high school when she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor. After college, she was a crisis counselor at a domestic violence shelter. Kyrsten turned her passion for advocacy into a career, becoming a social worker to help Arizonans through some of the challenges she faced growing up. Kyrsten worked with students and families in the largely immigrant and refugee community of Sunnyslope and in Phoenix public schools for a decade.
Her commitment to service led Kyrsten to the Arizona state legislature and to Congress. Through public service, Kyrsten could address the challenges she saw Arizona families face on a larger scale—by changing our laws and getting things done for everyday Arizonans.
In 2013, Kyrsten stood with Vice President Joe Biden and led bipartisan efforts to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. This landmark reauthorization improved the criminal justice response to domestic violence and sexual abuse and helped survivors access the services they need to rebuild their lives. It also expanded protections for women in tribal communities, immigrants, and LGBT people.
Today, Kyrsten continues to be a champion for Arizona families. She recently worked across the aisle to pass the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, legislation that gives tribes the resources they need to utilize the AMBER Alert system to recover abducted Native American children.