RI Dem becomes 4th openly gay member of Congress

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 3:01 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline (sis-uh-LEE'-nee) has become the fourth openly gay member of Congress, winning the House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

The 49-year-old Providence mayor beat Republican state Rep. John Loughlin (LOF'-lin) on Tuesday in the race for the 1st District seat Kennedy had held for eight terms. Kennedy announced his retirement this year a few months after the death of his father, Massachusetts' U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Cicilline says voters are tired of partisanship and he hopes to "find common ground" with Republicans in Washington. He says it's good for America to have another diverse voice to help break down the walls of discrimination.

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund president Chuck Wolfe says his group is proud of Cicilline and grateful to voters. The Fund is a national organization dedicated to electing more gay officials.


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