"All my life, the naysayers have told me that I can't win because I'm a progressive... because I'm a woman... even because I'm a lesbian. "
In 2012, Senator Tammy Baldwin made history for not only being the first female senator from Wisconsin, but for being the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.
"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now OK to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.”
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin was always a bright student, becoming the valedictorian of her high school class and getting her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her political career began in 1986 when she was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors. In 1998, she was elected to the US House of Representatives, becoming the very first congresswoman in Wisconsin.
Senator Baldwin has made her voice heard when it comes to issues such as minority rights, health care reform, and women's rights. In addition, her 2012 campaign received endorsements from LPAC, a Super Pac (Political Action Committee) that promotes Lesbian Political power and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. Most recently, Senator Baldwin has joined forces with Washington Congresswoman Suzan Delbene to speak out about the need for an LGBT Equality Day.
Tammy Baldwin is a strong symbol for the LGBT community. She is a brave example that one cannot be judged for their sexual orientation, instead is using her position of power to initiate much-needed changes.
”All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more - and no less - heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to 'fix what ain't right' in our society."
- Senator Tammy Baldwin