Live-Blogging Election 2012: The Atheists Running for Congress

There are two candidates running for Congress tonight who are open atheists. I’ll be covering the results of their elections all night. Keep refreshing this page for more information!

Pete Stark

Name: Pete Stark (Democrat)

Running for: California’s newly-redistricted 15th Congressional District

Opponent: Eric Swalwell (also a Democrat). Swalwell has used Stark’s opposition to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto against him.

Tidbits: Stark came out as a “non-theist” in 2007, making him the first sitting member of Congress to ever do so. In addition to recognizing the National Day of Reason on the floor of Congress, he spoke (via video) at the Reason Rally earlier this year. Stark has served in Congress since 1973, making him the longest-serving Congressperson currently from California (and fifth longest-serving overall).

Election results: With 42% of the precincts reporting, Stark is currently losing his race:

Name: Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat)

Running for: Arizona’s newly-created 9th Congressional District

Opponent: Vernon Parker (Republican) and Powell Gammil (Libertarian).

Tidbits: Sinema is believed to be both an atheist and bisexual, though she hasn’t spoken about either in her capacity as a politician. Sinema has received an award from the Center for Inquiry for the Advancement of Science and Reason in Public Policy and she was present at the opening of the Secular Coalition for Arizona. She was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2005-2011 and a member of the Arizona Senate from 2011-2012. (She resigned from the state Senate earlier this year to run for Congress.)

Election results: With 97% of precincts reporting, Sinema’s lead is slight but still steady:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=813165390 Annika Raaen

    I really wish these two well. Thank you for keeping us updated!!

  • http://twitter.com/TortugaSkeptic A secret red slider

    Should we call some of these more science based wins the Sandy effect or the Neil/Bill effect?

  • Lydia

    Yay for Sinema!! I voted for her!

  • anonymous

    fuck you, california 15th district

  • Michael

    Also, who remembers Tammy Duckworth’s positive response to the question about representing atheist voters?

    Because she got in.


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