PRESS RELEASE: Ros-Lehtinen, Polis to Co-Sponsor LGBT Congressional Staff Association in 114th Congress

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Kat Skiles, LGBT CSA,
Scott Overland, Rep. Jared Polis,
Keith Fernandez ,Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,

Ros-Lehtinen, Polis to Co-Sponsor LGBT Congressional Staff Association in 114th Congress

Ros-Lehtinen First Republican Member of Congress to Sponsor Organization

WASHINGTON – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) announced today that Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), along with Democratic Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2), will support the organization’s charter in the 114th Congress. This historic new co-sponsorship represents the first time that a Republican Member of Congress has authored the group’s charter.

An officially sanctioned, non-partisan organization within the U.S. House of Representatives, the LGBT CSA is required to operate under the sponsorship of one or more sitting Members of Congress.

“I'm proud of so many dedicated congressional staffers who have created the CSA to increase awareness and mentorship on Capitol Hill,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “Congressman Polis is a great leader on LGBT issues and I look forward to continue working with him to promote inclusiveness and acceptance on Capitol Hill and across our nation.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen in supporting an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and openness here in Congress,” said Congressman Polis. “The values the CSA promotes, by encouraging staff to be honest about themselves and mentoring leaders for tomorrow, help make Congress a better place and I’m excited to join Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen in supporting their bipartisan work.”

“The LGBT CSA has been sponsored historically by Democrats. However, the fight for LGBT equality is not a partisan issue, it's a human one,” said Michelle Mittler, President of the LGBT CSA. “It's incredibly meaningful to have someone who is both a Republican and a woman take on this kind of leadership role. Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen's co-sponsorship undoubtedly strengthens our organization and recruitment of new Capitol Hill staffers in the coming term of Congress.”

“We are honored and proud to partner with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Jared Polis to continue advocating for openly LGBT staffers on Capitol Hill,” said Mitchell Rivard, Vice President of the LGBT CSA. Having two champions of LGBT rights sponsor our organization in the 114th Congress – one Republican, one Democrat – sends a strong message that promoting equality isn’t a partisan issue. It is our hope that all Members of Congress can follow the leadership and bipartisan tone set by Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Polis to order to promote equality for all.”


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