Kyrsten Sinema

official U.S. Congress photo of Kyrsten Sinema c. 2013

Birth Name: Kyrsten Lea Sinema

Place of Birth: Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1976

Ethnicity: Dutch, Frisian, German, Danish, English, Scottish, Irish

Kyrsten Sinema is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she has been a U.S. Senator from Arizona, since January 3, 2019. She was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2019.

Kyrsten is the daughter of Marilyn and Dan Sinema. Her surname is Dutch/Frisian. She was raised LDS (Mormon), though is non-practicing.

She is the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Congress.

Kyrsten’s paternal grandfather is Gerald Alan Sinema (the son of Jacob D. Sinema and Irene Florence Visser). Gerald was born in Idaho. Jacob was born in Iowa, the son of Dutch parents, Lieuwe Jacobs Sinnema, from Beetgum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, and Dirkje Jans van Klompenburg, from Amsterdam, Noord Holland. Irene was born in Illinois, the daughter of Dutch parents, Jan/John Gysberts Visser and Gerbreg/Gertrude Willems Matthijs/Matthys.

Kyrsten’s paternal grandmother was Laurene Margaret Nielsen (the daughter of Ralph Betts Nielsen and Margaret Sue Bender). Laurene was born in California. Ralph was the son of Peter Nielsen/Nielson, Jr., whose parents were Danish, and of Laura Betts, whose parents were English. Kyrsten’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in North Dakota, to German parents.

Kyrsten’s maternal grandfather was Clyde Everett Wiley (the son of Edward Seymour Wiley and Fannie Hestor Alley). Clyde was born in West Virginia. Edward was the son of Moses Wiley and Sarah Ann Riggs. Fannie was the daughter of Bud/Oliver D. Alley and Fanny Catherine Fredrick.

Kyrsten’s maternal grandmother is the daughter of Charles Preston McClure and Edith Avis Speer. Charles was the son of William Jefferson McClure and California Warren. Edith was the daughter of Henry Martin Speer and Laura Helen Gay.

Sources: Genealogy of Kyrsten’s father –

Genealogy of Kyrsten’s paternal grandmother, Laurene Margaret (Nielsen) Sinema –

Kyrsten’s paternal great-grandfather, Ralph Betts Nielsen, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. Freerk says:

    Frisian surname (-ma is a Frisian ending of family names, actually indicating an attributive relation, “like Sine”, “from the family of Sine”, “child of Sine”), Dutch looks.

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