Applaud Wisconsin for Electing America’s First Openly Gay Senator

Target: Victory Fund

Goal: Applaud Wisconsin’s election of Tammy Baldwin

On November 6, 2012, the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district, Tammy Baldwin, was elected to the U.S. Senate. Baldwin beat out former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson with 51% of the vote. Not only is Baldwin the first woman to serve as Senator in the state of Wisconsin, but she is also the first openly gay politician to fill this position. This makes Senator Baldwin one of four openly gay members of Congress, including fellow Democrats Barney Frank of Massachusetts, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, and Jared Polis of Colorado. This election is a historic victory  not only for LGBT Americans but, as a political commentator said, also “for communities who aren’t the typical straight, white, wealthy men elected to Congress.”

That this victory occurred in Wisconsin is even more impressive, as the state six years ago approved a ban on gay marriage. Nonetheless, Baldwin never attempted to conceal her sexual orientation during her political tenure and her record shows a strong commitment to LGBT rights. She was the co-founder and co-chairwoman of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and has led efforts to pass hate crimes legislation, to extend benefits to same-sex couples, and to advance anti-discrimination legislation.

Baldwin’s victory comes during an election cycle that saw three states (Maryland, Maine, and Washington) approve same-sex marriage. LGBT rights are clearly becoming a bigger issue to voters, and political action committees such as Victory Fund have helped organize voters to come out in support of them. Applaud Victory Fund for helping Tammy Baldwin become America’s first openly gay senator.


Dear Victory Fund,

The election of Tammy Baldwin as Senator of Wisconsin is a tremendous step towards diversifying the U.S. Congress. There are presently only four members of Congress who are openly gay. Women only make up 17% of the current 112th Congress. Tammy Baldwin will not only become the first woman to be Senator of Wisconsin, but will be the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.

It is remarkable that Wisconsin, a state that only six years ago approved a ban on same-sex marriage, could come out and elect an openly gay candidate with a strong record of supporting pro-LGBT legislation. This speaks to the effectiveness of the organization and support Victory Fund provided to Baldwin’s campaign. Thank you for your help in bringing diversity and equality to Congress.


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