Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin Makes History as First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

by HRC Staff

Washington– Upon the Wisconsin Senate Race being called for Tammy Baldwin, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement:
“Tammy Baldwin has always been a trailblazer, but with her victory tonight Senator-elect Baldwin has again earned her spot in the history books. As the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate, Tammy Baldwin is a role model for LGBT youth and all young women across the country.

“With a relentless focus on the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters — economic security, access to healthcare, and fairness and inclusion for all. As a result, she’s earned the respect of all her constituents, gay and straight. It was HRC’s privilege to be part of the broad coalition that helped ensure her victory, and we can’t wait to work with her and her team as she takes on this new role.”

HRC is proud to have been part of Tammy's campaign from the beginning. To ensure her victory, we raised and contributed over $500,000 for her campaign. We featured Tammy in nine fundraising emails reaching a total audience of more than 2.5 million. And we sent staff and volunteers to support Tammy's successful campaign and the campaigns of other pro-LGBT candidates like Mark Pocan, who is also openly gay and was elected tonight to succeed Tammy in the House.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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