Tammy Baldwin

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Senate, Wisconsin

Contact Information:

14 West Mifflin Street, Suite 207,
Madison, WI 53703
202-224-5653
http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/

Biography:

In 1998, Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District shattered the state’s glass ceiling and elected Tammy Baldwin as the state’s first female member of Congress and the nation’s first openly gay challenger sent to Congress. In Congress Baldwin played a leading role on advancing equality. She was a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, which now has 103 members, and she has been a leading advocate on the issue of bullying and suicide among LGBT youth.

With Tammy’s strong support and after years of work by a bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators, the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act became law in 2007. This law extends federal hate crimes law to include attacks on victims based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

In 2009, Tammy introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in order to uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples, repealing DOMA.

Tammy was also a lead sponsor of the 2010 repeal of the discriminatory law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so that no American ever again has to lie about who they are in order to serve the country we love. She is also a sponsor of the Employee Non Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Tammy also supported a comprehensive and inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate after serving seven terms representing Wisconsin’s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives. She is Wisconsin’s first woman senator and the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate.

Committees:

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
Senate Budget Committee
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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