Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has announced she is leaving the Democratic Party and officially registering as an independent.
“In a natural extension of my service since I was first elected to Congress, I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington and formally registering as an Arizona Independent,” Sinema, 46, tweeted early Friday morning.
“Over the past four years, I’ve worked proudly with other Senators in both parties and forged consensus on successful laws helping everyday Arizonans build better lives for themselves and their families,” the Arizona senator said. “Becoming an Independent won’t change my work in the Senate; my service to Arizona remains the same.”
Sinema’s announcement came days after Democrats reached a 51-49 majority in the upper chamber following Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia.
The Biden administration was informed of Sinema’s decision to leave the Democratic Party “mid-afternoon” on Thursday, a senior administration official said.
The official added that the White House has been told she will continue to caucus with the Democrats, becoming a third independent to do so, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine.