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Candidate for US Senator, Wisconsin
Contact InformationTammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin for Senate P.O. Box 510622
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
Home Town: Madison
Occupation: US Representative
AboutTammy has devoted her life to fighting for Wisconsin families. She’s stood with working men and women in the halls of the Capitol in Madison to protect basic workplace rights. She’s stood up for jobs, and defended the middle class by fighting unfair trade deals and big Wall Street giveaways. She’s advocated for Wisconsin’s agricultural heritage and promoted family farms, and pushed for smart trade foreign policies that keep America safe and strong.
A forward-looking leader, Tammy voted against going to war in Iraq, and is pushing to end the war in Afghanistan that has gone on far too long. She was also one of the few members of Congress to vote against repealing the Glass-Stegall Act, which would have prevented Wall Street and the big banks from making the kinds of risky investments that led to our financial collapse.
And, Tammy has fought to give families the peace of mind of knowing they and their loved ones have access to quality, affordable health care should anything ever happen. Throughout her career she has never forgotten who she works for, that every voice matters, and through hard work and determination one voice can always make a difference.
Growing up in Wisconsin
Tammy Baldwin was born in Madison on February 11, 1962 to two University of Wisconsin students. Two months after her birth, her parents divorced, leaving her mother and maternal grandparents to raise her.
Tammy was first inspired to pursue a life of public service while attending Charles Van Hise Middle School. She served on the student council, and a student committee that worked to improve the school’s relationship with neighboring residents through community outreach.
Tammy excelled in school, graduating at the top of her class at West High School and going on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College. After college she interned in the office of then Governor Tony Earl, where she worked on his initiative on pay equity for women. And, In 1989 she received her law degree from UW-Madison.
Building a Career of Service
After service on the Madison Common Council and Dane County Board of Supervisors, Tammy was elected in 1993 to represent Wisconsinites of the 78th Assembly District in the state Capitol. She became the youngest woman in the Wisconsin Legislature at the time and was also named chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections, Constitutional Law and Corrections, joining only a handful of other freshman lawmakers in Wisconsin history to chair a committee. In the Assembly, Tammy worked to make drinking water safe and help clean up Wisconsin’s lakes. She also wrote laws to reform the state’s campaign finance system.
A Champion in Congress
In 1999, Tammy became the first woman elected to Congress from Wisconsin and also the first openly gay challenger elected to Congress. She immediately set out to make a difference for Wisconsin families. Her district in south central Wisconsin represents part or all of seven counties in urban, suburban and rural communities.
In Congress, Tammy has been an outspoken advocate for universal health care and she’s pushed for common-sense health care solutions. Tammy’s provision to allow young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26 has helped insure one million young people throughout the country.
Tammy has worked hard to make sure Wisconsin’s veterans receive the benefits and care they need after returning from service and she has fought to maintain the VA hospital in Madison.
To help reduce our dependence on foreign energy and create jobs throughout the state, Tammy has pushed investment in clean energy technology and renewable fuels. And, she has also been a vocal supporter of protecting and restoring Wisconsin’s environment so future generations can enjoy its natural beauty.
Tammy has been a national leader on civil rights and equality issues, including LGBT equality. She is continually fighting to see that all Wisconsinites receive equal rights and protections under the law.