Tammy Baldwin: First Openly Gay U.S. Senator In History?

By: Christopher Donaldson
9.6.2011

Wisconsin Rep., Tammy Baldwin, announced her bid to run for U.S. Senate today, a move that if successful would make her the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.

The Advocate’s Andrew Harmon writes: "The seven-term congresswoman has been candid in recent interviews about her desire to run for retiring senator Herb Kohl’s seat, and her fund-raising numbers back up her ambitions. But the significance of the potential milestone perhaps cannot be understated: If elected, Baldwin would become the first openly LGBT senator in history."

Baldwin rushed onto the politico scene back in 1998, the year she was elected to represent Wisconsin’s 2nd district. It was also in 1998 that she became the first openly gay person elected to Congress as a non-incumbent and the first female House member elected from Wisconsin, as reported by the Washington Post.

Earlier today, In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Baldwin said: "The fact is, I've been honest about my sexual orientation my entire adult life. And integrity is important in public service. But what voters are looking for is somebody who understands them, is fighting for them and won't give up. The election is not going to be about me, it's about the voters."

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