US Senator Kyrsten Sinema says she will leave Democratic Party

By Aashirwad

December, 10

US Senator Kyrsten Sinema has announced her intention to leave the Democratic Party, four years after being elected.

She said that “Americans are increasingly left behind by national parties’ rigid partisanship” and that she hoped to “work proudly with senators in both parties”. 

She joins Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine – who both sit with the Democratic party – as the chamber’s only independent senators. 

The 46-year-old did not address whether she will run for re-election in 2024, and informed Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of her decision on Thursday 

While the White House statement described her as a “key partner” in many of President Joe Biden’s legislative successes 

Kyrsten Sinema has steadily moved into her own political orbit, independent from the gravity of the Democratic Party 

She was the last Democrat to hold out against Mr Biden’s $700bn (£577bn) climate and tax bill in August. 

Kyrsten is independent; that’s how she’s always been,” the New York Democrat said, adding that he looks forward to continuing to work with her.