Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (b. Feb. 11, 1962) is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013. Baldwin is the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, elected to the Senate on Nov. 6, 2012, and assumed office Jan. 3, 2013.

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Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would extend employee benefit programs to cover same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House and Senate. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rather than use his mandate from winning re-election to reward his key constituencies, President Barack Obama has poked a stick in the eye of the LGBT community by turning to former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary -- a man who had an abysmal voting record in Congress and drew criticism for using anti-gay slurs back in 1998. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

Baldwin cautious on Hagel nomination, questions if apology was ‘sincere’

Monday, January 7, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, said Monday she would not to commit to supporting former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary until she is more confident that his apology for anti-gay remarks he made in 1998 is “sincere.” [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) speaks at a reception following her swearing-in ceremony.Photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Tammy Baldwin sworn in as first openly gay U.S. Senator

Thursday, January 3, 2013
In a historic day at the start of the 113th Congress, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was sworn into office on Thursday as the junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin, officially becoming the first openly gay senator. [ Read more → ]
Tammy BaldwinFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Tammy Baldwin assigned to key Senate panels for LGBT issues

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has landed seats on Senate committees that may address key issues that persist for the LGBT community in the coming Congress, including employment discrimination and school bullying. [ Read more → ]
The new LGB members of the U.S. House. Clockwise, from upper left clockwise: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan.Photos: Kyrsten Sinema, courtesy photo; Mark Takano, courtesy photo; Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan by Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Newly elected out U.S. House members talk LGBT issues

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Nov. 6 election resulted in four new lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates winning seats in the House of Representatives and all eyes are now on them to see what they’ll do on LGBT issues upon taking office. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

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. [ Read more → ]

Baldwin has narrow lead in U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, polls show

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Two polls out today show Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), holding a slim lead over former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]

Marquette University Law School poll shows Baldwin leading Thompson

Thursday, September 20, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A new Marquette University Law School Poll released Tuesday shows the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, leading her Republican challenger former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, 50 percent to 41 percent. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Poll: Tammy Baldwin takes lead in race for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has surged to a five point lead in the race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, according to a new poll conducted for the campaign. Baldwin now leads former Gov. Tommy Thompson by 50 percent to 45 percent. [ Read more → ]
Tommy Thompson

Dems call on Thompson to fire senior adviser who gay-baited Tammy Baldwin

Friday, September 14, 2012
Democrats are calling on GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson to fire his campaign’s senior communications adviser more than a week after he sent out messages attacking rival Tammy Baldwin’s “heartland values” because of her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Senate candidate’s senior adviser attacks Baldwin for her sexual orientation

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The senior political adviser for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson’s U.S. Senate campaign has posted a Twitter message questioning rival Tammy Baldwin’s suitability for the office due to her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Out congresswoman among speakers slated for DNC

Saturday, August 25, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Out lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is among several additional speakers expected at the Democratic National Convention announced this week by event organizers. [ Read more → ]

Meet Tammy Baldwin’s opponent for U.S. Senate: Tommy Thompson

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The build up over whom lesbian U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin will face in the general election came to an end Tuesday night when Wisconsin voters gave the GOP nomination to former Gov. Tommy Thompson. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Advocacy groups seek to raise $3.5 million for Baldwin’s U.S. Senate bid

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A trio of advocacy groups has launched an independent expenditure campaign with a goal of raising $3.5 million to help Rep. Tammy Baldwin in her bid to become the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

$1 million attack on Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign produces little

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two separate half-million dollar attack ad campaigns targeting U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) in the Wisconsin Senate race may have produced zip for the special interest groups that launched them. [ Read more → ]

Baldwin calls for marriage equality plank in Democratic party platform

Monday, April 16, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin has joined the chorus of those calling for an endorsement of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, saying the inclusion of such language would be a “statement of values.” [ Read more → ]

Stories to watch in 2012 promise drama, suspense for the LGBT community

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Significant events are crowding the calendar for 2012, and each promises considerable drama and suspense for the LGBT community. Here is our special report on the ten most important stories to keep an eye on: [ Read more → ]

House, Senate lawmakers introduce federal domestic partner benefits bill

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Lawmaker in the U.S. House and Senate on Friday reintroduced the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, and said that approving the bill would put the federal government on par with Fortune 500 corporations that already extend full benefits to same-sex partners of gay and lesbian employees. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

House Democrats to Boehner: Mr. Speaker, your DOMA attorney is out of line

Monday, September 26, 2011
Six Democratic lawmakers on Monday sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a letter reiterating their request for a briefing on the efforts of the law firm hired by the Speaker to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in several ongoing federal court challenges. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Baldwin: ‘This campaign next year will not be about me’

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Openly lesbian U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) -- who on Tuesday announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) -- told a group of LGBTQ journalists on Wednesday that "this campaign next year will not be about me, it will be about the middle class and the threats they are facing." [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin declares run for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Democratic U. S. Representative Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday morning declared her candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in her home state of Wisconsin. The seat is being vacated by fellow Democrat, Senator Herb Kohl, who announced in May that he would be retiring. [ Read more → ]
Barney Frank

Gay lawmakers urge Obama to veto defense bill with anti-gay amendments

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the three other openly gay members of Congress has asked President Barack Obama to veto the defense spending bill if it contains language that delays the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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