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Tammy Baldwin to become first openly-LGBT U.S. Senator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate.

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Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, issued the following statement:

“This night will go down in history. This is a historic victory not only for the people of Wisconsin, but for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country who have finally gained an authentic and powerful voice in Congress’ upper chamber. Tonight Tammy shattered a glass ceiling that has existed for more than two centuries, and we could not be more thrilled.

As Tammy said earlier this morning when she stopped to vote in Madison, ‘The people who had faith that this was possible made it possible.’ So I want to thank her supporters for keeping the faith. Thank you for sticking with us and believing this community can achieve great things. We can, and we did. I also want to thank our remarkable partners at EMILY’s List, who have been tireless in fighting for Tammy’s election, and I want to congratulate the hundreds of volunteers and groups who worked so hard during this campaign.”

Update: Statement by Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin:

“Tammy Baldwin has always been a trailblazer, but with her victory tonight Senator-elect Baldwin has again earned her spot in the history books. As the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate, Tammy Baldwin is a role model for LGBT youth and all young women across the country.

“With a relentless focus on the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters — economic security, access to healthcare, and fairness and inclusion for all. As a result, she’s earned the respect of all her constituents, gay and straight. It was HRC’s privilege to be part of the broad coalition that helped ensure her victory, and we can’t wait to work with her and her team as she takes on this new role.”

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21 more reader comments:

  1. wow, that is forward progress in wisconsin

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:19pm
  2. congradulations Tammy…U GO GIRL!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:20pm
  3. This is false, Thompson is actually leading!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:20pm
  4. Congratulations Tammy!! So proud!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:20pm
  5. CONGRATS! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:21pm
  6. True cheyne. I live in Wisconsin and it doesn’t she her in lead.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:21pm
  7. CONGRATS woohoo :D you go girl :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:22pm
  8. LGBTQ Nation is really jumping the gun on this. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:22pm
  9. what a true role model for everyone

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:22pm
  10. Who has called it? CNN and MSNBC still have not called it…I hope this is true…but who has called it?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:22pm
  11. Sure miss Wisconsin, congratulations Tammy!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:23pm
  12. Alot of lgbtq outlets are calling this already.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:23pm
  13. Sensational news! Congrats, Senator Baldwin! :-D

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:23pm
  14. Lord, we ain’t what we want to be; we ain’t what we ought to be; we ain’t what we gonna be, but, thank God, we ain’t what we was. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:24pm
  15. Everything I see shows Thompson in the lead by -I think- 10% not Baldwin…I think somebody jumped the gun here.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:25pm
  16. Wonderful! “UPDATE: As of 9:45 p.m., Debbie Stabenow, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and Kristen Gillibrand have all won their Senate races. Linda McMahon and Cynthia Dill have been defeated (as well as Wendy Long, who ran against Gillibrand).” http://www.policymic.com/articles/18599/tammy-baldwin-and-elizabeth-warren-win-record-number-of-women-running-in-election-2012

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:25pm
  17. I hope so, this would be great.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:32pm
  18. This is already one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Love it!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:35pm
  19. AWESOME

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:37pm
  20. Congratulations.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:43pm
  21. It would be great but I’m watching Wisconsin local news and Tommy Thompson is leading.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:47pm