Wisconsin state Senator Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election in 2018. If elected, it will be her 2nd term in the Senate.
Background and Achievements
A Smith College and University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, Tammy Baldwin is the first openly lesbian Senator in U.S. history and Wisconsin’s first woman elected to congress. As a U.S. House Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd district for 6 terms, Tammy was a staunch advocate for middle class families. She led efforts to make the top 1 percent pay their share of taxes, to protect American jobs overseas.
During her time in the Senate, Baldwin introduced legislation to put an end to tax cuts for the wealthy, spearheaded efforts to increase manufacturing jobs, advocated for making higher education more affordable, and defended the Affordable Care Act. Baldwin currently serves on the the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. She has been awarded the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service as well as the Department of the Navy’s highest award for civilians, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal. She was also awarded the legislative Leadership Award by the American Association of Retired Persons for leading the bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act.
Positions on Key Issues
- Fierce advocate for LGBTQ rights
- Proponent for making higher education more affordable and accessible
- Champion of women's rights and reproductive rights
- Voted no against Trumpcare in all of its forms
- Advocate for pay equity
- Strongly in favor of holding Wall Street accountable
- Voted yes on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
- Supports rehabilitative criminal justice reform
- Strong supporter of immigrant rights and the DREAM Act
- Pro-environment voting record
- Supporter of Afghan women’s human rights
Prospects & Opponents
Tammy is running against Republican Leah Vukmir, State Senator and State Senate Assistant Majority Leader. The race is rated by the Cook Report as Likely Democrat winner.