She is my second favorite Baldwin. Tammy Baldwin is the USA’s first openly gay Senator and is probably the nation’s most reliably liberal legislator.
Baldwin acknowledged that she is gay and then moved on to other issues. In Wisconsin, when the Republicans use anti-gay rhetoric, it is likely to backfire on them in November. Everyone that I have met from the Badger State has been nothing if not nice; really, really nice. Besides, Baldwin’s gayness is old news. Who cares if she is a lesbian? Not the Wisconsin media. Not the Democrats. Not the Republicans. Not the local or national LGBTQ leaders. Only the gay obsessed Christian Right Wingers seem to make it an issue.
In 1999, Baldwin became the first woman elected to Congress from Wisconsin, and the first openly gay candidate elected to Congress.
To help reduce our dependence on foreign energy and create jobs throughout her state, Baldwin pushed for investment in clean energy technology and renewable fuels. She has also been a vocal supporter of protecting and restoring Wisconsin’s environment so future generations can enjoy nature in that beautiful state.
On November 6, 2012, Baldwin became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She ran against Republican Tommy Thompson, the former four term Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services. Because of her 14 years in the House of Representatives, under Senate rules she had the highest seniority in her entering class of senators. For many, it was no surprise that Wisconsin, a state that approved a gay marriage ban just six years earlier, would send the first openly LGBTQ politician to the Senate. Baldwin made no secret of her gayness as she rose through local and state politics during the last two decades. When she was elected in 1998 to represent Wisconsin’s Second Congressional District, where she was raised, she was the first out of the closet candidate to be elected to the chamber.
Do not mess with this Baldwin. She was just 9-years-old when her mother married a black man in 1971. She was forced to face the injustice of suspicious white adults stopping her stepfather to ask what he was doing with a blond, blue-eyed little girl. Despite anti-gay smear campaigns by her Republican opponents, she has won her last six elections by 2-to-1 margins.
She gave her unqualified support to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race. She was very sad by the results of that election, but she came out fighting.
She called for the firing of shithead Steve Bannon and she opposed POTUS’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch. She voted no on Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and opposed racist Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General.
Baldwin serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Committee On Health, Education, Labor And Pensions, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
And girls, Baldwin is single.