Sinema returns to Capitol Hill in the minority

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It a midterm election that was huge for the GOP, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema easily held on to her seat in Congress.

Sinema stopped by 3TV Wednesday morning to chat with Javier Soto about her plans for her second term in the House.

"I'm just so grateful to the voters of our district who put their faith in me for another two years," she said.

"The last two years have been tremendous," she said of her first term. "The opportunity to serve a district like the one that I serve is just a privilege every single day."

As much as she has enjoyed her time on Capitol Hill, it has not been easy.

"It's been a very tough two years in terms of gridlock," she explained. "You see Republicans and Democrats fighting at the national level in a way that I think really turns off American voters. Our office tries really hard to break through that clutter and build a bi-partisan coalition."

When the winners of the midterm elections throughout the country are sworn in, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. It will be the first time in eight years that Republicans will be the majority in the Senate.

Being in the minority is nothing new to Sinema.

"When I served in the Arizona House and the Arizona Senate, I always served in the minority, in fact sometimes the super minority," she said. "I showed an ability to work across the aisle and get things done, even in divided governments.

"My plan when I go back to Washington next week is to buckle down and do what I've always done -- reach across the aisle, find solutions, get things done," she continued.

She said the key is to find common ground and not spend time arguing about differences.