A trailblazing champion for Wisconsin women and families
Senator Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election to ensure that hardworking Wisconsin families continue to have a voice in the U.S. Senate. Tammy was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised there by her grandparents. After graduating from high school, Tammy went to Smith College, where she double majored in mathematics and government and was active in student government and in the movement for lesbian and gay rights. After graduation, Tammy moved back to Wisconsin, taking a job working on equal pay issues in the Wisconsin governor’s office. Inspired by Geraldine Ferraro’s historic campaign for vice president, Tammy won her first elected office, a seat on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, at age 24 while still in law school at the University of Wisconsin. After serving four terms, Tammy was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where she spearheaded legislation on civil rights, collective bargaining for public employees, campaign finance reform, and reproductive rights — before running successfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tammy made history as the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the House and the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress who was not an incumbent. She quickly established a reputation as a progressive champion fighting for Wisconsin. And in 2012, when Tammy first ran for the Senate as an underdog, EMILY’s List was with her all the way. “The minute the opportunity to run for the Senate came up, EMILY’s List was standing with me, shoulder to shoulder,” Tammy has said. When elected, she made history as the first openly gay person ever elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman ever elected to represent Wisconsin in that chamber. Today, Tammy is one of the strongest progressive fighters we have in the Senate — and her voice is one that we can’t afford to lose at a time when the stakes have never been higher for women and families.
A fighter committed to increasing opportunity for all
Tammy is deeply committed to expanding economic opportunity for women and families in Wisconsin and across the country. In the Senate, she is a tireless champion of policies that help working families get ahead, leading the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to pass legislation to help manufacturers grow and create jobs; and she is a powerful advocate for policies that get our economy working for everyone. Deeply committed to expanding access to higher education, Tammy has worked tirelessly to make education affordable for all Americans, cosponsoring a measure to help students refinance their loans and authoring the America’s College Promise Act to provide tuition-free technical or community college. Tammy has long been part of the fight to end gender discrimination in pay: she began her career working on equal pay issues in the Wisconsin governor’s office, cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, and has said that “if we can’t close this gap, we might someday talk about the middle class as something we used to have — not something that each generation can aspire to.” Personal experience informs Tammy’s fight for access to quality health care. As a child, she was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and hospitalized for three months. After she recovered, her grandparents struggled to find a health insurance plan that would cover a child with a pre-existing condition. As the GOP attempts to advance their dangerous agenda and to roll back the progress we’ve fought so hard to make, Tammy is fighting tirelessly on behalf of the millions of Americans whose lives have been improved and even saved by the Affordable Care Act. She fights back against the extreme anti-woman agenda that hurts working families in Wisconsin and across the country, and she won’t back down when our core American values are at stake.
A high-stakes fight in a swing state
With Donald Trump and the Republicans doing everything they can to push their extreme, virulently anti-woman agenda, we know Tammy’s seat is already marked as a top priority for GOP takeover this cycle — and that this race will be a magnet for special interest spending. But Tammy has shown us time and time again that she has what it takes to run strong grassroots campaigns — and she has the wins from multiple cycles to prove it. “When I first ran for Congress, EMILY’s List was with me from the start,” she has said. In 1998, when Tammy won her first congressional campaign, one of the opponents in the race ran on a platform of opposing LGBT rights. At the time, Tammy said what the “right wing didn’t count on was that the community only grew stronger,” in spite of the hatred. As we face an outpouring of hateful, dangerous rhetoric and policies coming from Donald Trump and the Republican Party today, Tammy’s ability to bring people together and build a positive movement for progressive change even in the midst of incredible odds is more important than ever — so let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community, and continue to have her back as we have throughout her exceptional career of public service.