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2012 Elections » Candidate Profiles » Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin(D-Wis., U.S. Senate)

Suzanne Bonamici

Tammy Baldwin

After serving as the representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district since 1999, Tammy Baldwin launched her bid for the state's open Senate seat with NOW/PAC's endorsement. Baldwin faces a number of Republicans have entered the race to battle for the seat, left open by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D).

Baldwin is a forceful supporter of civil rights and an advocate for those in our society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

In the 112th Congress, Baldwin serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, its Subcommittee on Health and its Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. She is a leading advocate for universal health care and reproductive rights, and a proponent of energy independence and renewable fuels.

Baldwin is also a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. She co-sponsored legislation to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in 2009 and 2011, and is the lead author of legislation to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Additionally, Baldwin led successful efforts in the House in 2009 to pass extended hate crimes legislation.

On International Women's Day in March 2011, Baldwin introduced legislation that would remove the deadline for ERA ratification, opening the door for the amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution upon the ratification of three more states.

Baldwin is the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin and the first non-incumbent, openly gay person to serve in Congress. If she wins her Senate bid, she will be the first out gay person ever to serve in the United States Senate. NOW/ PAC is looking forward to another historic win from Baldwin!

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