Tammy Baldwin
American politician
Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013. Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate, and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history.
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The Ethics Problems Plaguing Trump's Cabinet Have Sunk Plenty Of Prior Nominees
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Wisconsin Senator Puts The Squeeze On Almond Milk With Her 'Dairy Pride Act'
The Huffington Post - about 1 month
Sen. Tammy Baldwin will fight for milk until the cows come home. Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, otherwise known as America’s Dairyland, introduced the Dairy Pride Act on Thursday to fight back “against non-dairy products that are mislabeled as milk, yogurt and cheese,” a practice Baldwin says “hurts our dairy farmers.” More...
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Democrats Look At The 2018 Map And Get Ready To Fight For The Filibuster
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The outcome of the 2016 election shocked and worried Democrats across the country. Unfortunately for them, there may be worse to come in the 2018 midterm elections. In less than two years, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Senate Democrats, armed with the filibuster, are the last line of defense against incoming President Donald Trump and the congressional Republican agenda. That means the electoral stakes are high in 2018, and Democrats must fight to keep up their numbers. The picture looks reasonably sunny for Republicans, who have only eight Senate seats on the ballot next year. Six of them (Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming) are likely safe for the GOP. Democrats, on the other hand, have 23 Senate seats to defend ― 25 if you count the independents who caucus with the Democrats. A dozen of those seats are likely safe in the Democrats’ camp. They’ll probably hold onto seven seats in the Northeast ― Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ne ...
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Sen. Baldwin: We must question source of stolen emails
CNN - 4 months
In an interview with Jake Tapper, Sen. Tammy Baldwin a Hillary Clinton supporter said we cannot discount the source and motive behind the theft and publication of campaign emails.
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House Passes Bill To Protect Unpaid Interns From Discrimination
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night that would extend new protections to unpaid interns in the federal government, a vote that bodes well for the legislation's chances in the Senate. The bill would close a loophole in federal law that carves unpaid interns out of the Civil Rights Act. Current law does not acknowledge unpaid interns as employees, leaving them without remedies if they encounter discrimination based on race, sex, age or religion. The proposed legislation would allow unpaid interns to sue the government in federal court if their rights were violated. The Democratic-sponsored bill passed a voice vote in the GOP-controlled House on Monday night, putting it in the hands of the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a sponsor of the bill, described it as "commonsense legislation that should have become law long ago." "Allowing this kind of behavior to go unchecked can have serious consequen ...
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Democratic Senators Dare GOP To Vote Against Middle-Class Tax Breaks
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Democrats will dare Republicans to vote against an expansion of tax credits for the middle class with an amendment that's intended to help married couples and people burdened by the high cost of child care. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) are the lead co-sponsors for the amendment, first shared with The Huffington Post and introduced on Thursday. Senators will consider the measure alongside a broader spending bill Republicans are using to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act.  The Democrats' amendment is almost guaranteed to face GOP opposition, so it's largely a symbolic move. That's fitting, since the Senate's Republican leadership has already admitted that the entire exercise of passing a bill to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement is itself symbolic. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he expects Democrats to offer a “very small” number of amendments, so this amendment is one of th ...
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How Wall Street's Short-Term Fixation Is Destroying The Economy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) made a passionate call to address one of the leading drivers of income inequality on Friday. The target of her remarks wasn't taxes, the minimum wage or union rights. It was short-term thinking in corporate boardrooms. “Short-termism turns economic growth into a zero-sum game that Wall Street rigs in its favor and Main Street simply can’t win,” Baldwin said in a speech at the National Press Club. “This explains how the richest country in the world can be amongst the most unequal --  in terms of wealth, in terms of wages, and in terms of opportunities.” Baldwin spoke at a panel discussion sponsored by the progressive think tank Roosevelt Institute on corporate “short-termism” -- sometimes known as “quarterly capitalism.”  The Roosevelt Institute convened the event to promote two new reports decrying companies that prioritize the short-term practices of paying dividends to investors and buying back stock above long-term investment a ...
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Bernie Sanders, Tammy Baldwin Join Fight To Prevent Mining Of Sacred Native American Lands
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Art Heitzer and Marjorie Cohn Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, 191-2, on October 27, 2015. That resolution condemned the continuing U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba. According to the Christian Science Monitor, "when the vote lit up on the screen many diplomats jumped to their feet in a standing ovation." The U.S. ambassador was not among them. The UN resolution welcomed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and recognized "the expressed will" of Obama to work for the elimination of the embargo. But the world community clearly does not think that intentions are enough. Every year since 1992, the United States has unsuccessfully opposed these resolutions, ignoring the inter ...
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Talk: Tammy Baldwin Has One Thing in Common With Trump
NYTimes - over 1 year
The junior senator, 53, from Wisconsin on the many things the rest of the country can learn from the Midwest, and why the casserole is not one of them.
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Why socialist Bernie Sanders may just shake up the 2016 presidential race
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
By Robert L. Borosage Senator Bernie Sanders after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the idiosyncratic, crusty 73-year-old, has entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the first challenger to prohibitive favorite former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He could have a profound influence far beyond the votes he garners. Sanders is a funhouse mirror image of Clinton. She has universal name recognition (by her first name), unlimited funds, national campaign experience and a powerhouse political operation. He has scant name recognition, paltry funds, no national campaign experience and hasn’t begun to build a campaign staff. With a net-worth ranking among the lowest in the Senate, Sanders can be an authentic populist — the real deal. As one supporter said, he is the candidate of the “12-hour filibuster and the $12 ha ...
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Baldwin aide breaks silence, alleges senator engaged in ‘cover-up’
Fox News - almost 2 years
Marquette Baylor is finally speaking out against her long-time boss, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
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Watch: GOP Tactics on Lynch Nomination, Human Trafficking Bill ???Deeply Disappointing???
ABC News - almost 2 years
Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and others urge republicans to reverse their course of partisan politics.
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Mike Lux: Winning Warren-Style
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Noam Scheiber was out with a great new piece last week contrasting Elizabeth Warren's political message and priorities with New York City Mayor's Bill de Blasio, where he described Warren's populism as the "anti-government left," an intriguing phrase. While I generally agree with the article, as I relate below, I would frame things differently. Also out was a thoughtful new article in The Democratic Strategist by Andrew Levison on how a successful populist strategy requires more than just economic issues. A series of big events in the last couple of years has prompted a lot of discussion in Democratic circles and the media about the new wave of populism that is building: Obama using Bain-bashing populism to win reelection in a tough economy, Warren's victory in 2012, the election of Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, the reelection of Sherrod Brown in Ohio, the election of de Blasio and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the emergence of Warren as a powerful new iconic leader for progressi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tammy Baldwin
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    On October 20, 2013, Baldwin was one of sixteen female Democratic senators to sign a letter endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Presidential Election.
    More Details Hide Details Baldwin is the granddaughter of biochemist David E. Green and the niece of another biochemist, Rowena Green Matthews. For fifteen years, Baldwin's domestic partner was Lauren Azar; in 2009, the couple registered as domestic partners in Wisconsin. They separated in 2010. Articles / presentations
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 50
    On November 6, 2012, Baldwin became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Because of her 14 years in the House of Representatives, under Senate rules she had the highest seniority in her entering class of senators. The senator was featured in Time's November 19 edition in the Verbatim section, where she was quoted as saying "I didn't run to make history" on her historic election. In a separate section, she was also mentioned as a new face to watch in the Senate.
    She ran uncontested in the primary election, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about tax policy, campaign finance reform, and equality in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details She was endorsed by Democracy for America, and she received campaign funding from EMILY's List, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and LPAC. Baldwin was endorsed by the editorial board of The Capital Times, who wrote that "Baldwin's fresh ideas on issues ranging from job creation to health care reform, along with her proven record of working across lines of partisanship and ideology, and her grace under pressure mark her as precisely the right choice to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl." Former Gov. Tommy Thompson claimed that her “far left approach leaves this country in jeopardy.” The candidates had three debates, on September 28, October 18, and October 26. According to Baldwin's Federal Election Commission filings, she raised about $12 million, over $5 million more than her opponent.
  • 2011
    Age 49
    Baldwin ran as the Democratic nominee against Republican nominee Tommy Thompson, who had formerly been governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services. She announced her candidacy on September 6, 2011, in a video emailed to supporters.
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    She ultimately voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that become law in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Baldwin lent her support to such initiatives as the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and voted for the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. These acts criminalize and outline prosecution guidelines and punishments for wage discrimination based on sex. She received a grade of 100 from the League of Women Voters as of 2007. She has received favorable evaluations from other civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union. Baldwin has advanced what she sees as stronger enforcement of laws against sexual violence and violence against women. She is a supporter of the Violence Against Women Act, which allowed victims of sexual violence and other sexual crimes to take their cases to federal courts and provided funding for various anti-sexual violence initiatives and programs. She is also among the sponsors of a resolution to promote and support National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    In November 2009, Baldwin voted for the version of healthcare reform that included a public option, a government-run healthcare plan that would have competed with private insurers, but only the House passed that version.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    On January 20, 2008, Baldwin wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that on Dec. 14, 2007, "I joined with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, Reps.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), in urging Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to conduct hearings on a resolution of impeachment now pending consideration in that committee." Although some constituents "say I have gone too far," others "argue I have not gone far enough" and feel "we are losing our democracy and that I should do more to hold the Bush administration accountable for its actions." An outspoken advocate of single-payer, government-run health insurance since her days as a state legislator, Baldwin introduced the Health Security for All Americans Act, aimed at creating such a system, multiple times, beginning in 2000. On July 26, 2004, Baldwin spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in prime time on the issue of health care. During the 110th Congress, Baldwin wrote several pieces of legislation that were passed by the House. The Reeve Paralysis Act authorizes additional funding for the treatment of ailments that result in immobility, while the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Act increases funding for low-income women to receive preventative screenings. Another bill she authored, the Veteran Vision Equity Act, guarantees benefits for military veterans.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    On August 1, 2007, Baldwin cosponsored H. Res. 333, a bill proposing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, and H Res. 589, a bill proposing the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    Baldwin was one of 22 members of Congress to vote against a 2006 resolution honoring victims of the September 11 attacks on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. (The resolution passed 395-22.) Baldwin says she voted against the resolution because it used divisive language amounting to an endorsement of the Patriot Act and immigration bills she characterized as overly harsh.
    More Details Hide Details Her vote received renewed attention in the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign when Tommy Thompson's campaign released an ad about it. Thompson said in a statement, "Wisconsin voters need to know that Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin put her extreme views above honoring the men and women who were murdered by the terrorists in the Sept. 11 attacks on our nation." The Baldwin campaign responded by saying Thompson's ad was a "dishonest attack that tries to suggest Tammy Baldwin opposes honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
  • 2005
    Age 43
    In 2005, she joined the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    In 2003 Baldwin served on the advisory committee of the Progressive Majority, a political action committee dedicated to electing progressive candidates to public office.
    More Details Hide Details Baldwin is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. According to a 2011 National Journal survey, Baldwin was among the most liberal members of the House. As of 2012, Baldwin's voting record made her one of the most liberal members of Congress.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 40
    On October 10, 2002, Baldwin was among the 133 members of the House who voted against authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details She invoked "postwar challenges," saying that "there is no history of democratic government in Iraq", its "economy and infrastructure are in ruins after years of war and sanctions," and rebuilding would take "a great deal of money."
  • 2000
    Age 38
    In 2000, Baldwin won reelection to a second term, defeating Republican John Sharpless 51%-49%, a difference of 8,902 votes.
    More Details Hide Details While she lost eight of the district's nine counties, she carried the largest, Dane County, with 55 percent of the vote—enough to give her the victory. After the 2000 census, the 2nd District was made significantly more Democratic in redistricting. Baldwin won reelection to a third term in the newly redrawn 2nd district with 66% of the vote against Republican Ron Greer. In 2004, she beat Dave Magnum 63%-37%. She won a 2006 rematch against Magnum, again winning 63%-37%. In 2008, she defeated Peter Theron 69%-31%, and in 2010 she won a seventh term with 62% of the vote against Chad Lee. In October 2012, Baldwin described herself as a proud progressive. Specifically, she said, "Fighting Bob La Follette stood up to fight the monopolies of the day and wanted people to have a stronger voice. We have the same powerful interests today who think they can write their own rules in Washington... I consider myself a progressive and a fighter who's not afraid to stand up to those interests."
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, U.S. Congressman Scott Klug of the 2nd District, based in Madison, announced he would retire, prompting Baldwin to run for the seat.
    More Details Hide Details She won the Democratic primary with a plurality of 37% of the vote. In the general election, she defeated Republican nominee Josephine Musser 53%-47%. Baldwin was the first woman elected to Congress from Wisconsin. She was also the first openly gay woman elected to the House of Representatives.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, she proposed domestic partnerships in Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details Baldwin opposes capital punishment in Wisconsin.
  • 1994
    Age 32
    In early 1994, she proposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.
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  • 1993
    Age 31
    Baldwin was the first openly lesbian member of the Wisconsin Assembly and one of a very few openly gay politicians in the country at the time. In 1993, Baldwin said she was disappointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton's compromise on LGBT rights in supporting the military's don't ask, don't tell policy.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 30
    She was one of just six openly gay political candidates nationwide to win a general election in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Baldwin won reelection to a second term with 76% of the vote. In 1996, she won reelection to a third term with 71% of the vote.
    In 1992, Baldwin ran to represent Wisconsin's 78th Assembly District.
    More Details Hide Details She won the Democratic primary with a plurality of 43% of the vote. In the general election, Baldwin defeated Mary Kay Baum (Labor and Farm party nominee) and Patricia Hevenor (Republican party nominee) 59%-23%-17%.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    Baldwin was first elected to political office in 1986 when she was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994.
    More Details Hide Details She also served one year on the Madison City Council to fill a vacancy in the coterminous district.
  • 1984
    Age 22
    She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details She practiced law from 1989 to 1992.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 18
    Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Born on February 11, 1962.
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