Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona makes Time list of most influential people for 2022

May 23, 2022, 9:33 AM | Updated: 12:25 pm

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and other senators speak to the press about a bipartisan infrastructure package...

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and other senators speak to the press about a bipartisan infrastructure package outside the U.S. Capitol on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Lauded as “a force to be reckoned with,” U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was named to Time magazine’s 2022 list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

This year’s edition of the wide-ranging Time100, which was released Monday, is broken down into six categories: artists, innovators, titans, leaders, icons and pioneers.

Sinema is one of 23 names in the leaders section, alongside the likes of podcaster Joe Rogan, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson and multiple presidents, including Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Our hope is that the Time100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded,” Edward Felsenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and CEO, wrote in an article explaining the selection process.

Time recruited notable figures to write profiles for each entry. For example, Biden covers Zelenskyy and NFL star Tom Brady handles tennis great Rafael Nadal.

With Sinema known for making bipartisanship a priority (at times to the dismay of her own party), it’s fitting that the magazine got a Republican colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to praise the Arizona Democrat.

“She’s original, determined, and incredibly smart. But it is her fearless approach to legislating that makes her a force to be reckoned with,” Murkowski wrote.

“Kyrsten understands the importance of consensus, and looks beyond the partisan labels to form genuine relationships based on trust and collaboration.”

In 2019, Sinema made the Time 100 Next list of rising stars.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona makes Time list of most influential people for 2022