Tammy grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and was raised by her grandparents. She went to Smith college to study government and mathematics and later attended the University of Wisconsin law school. She got her start in public service at only 24, serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, and eventually rising to the Wisconsin state assembly and the US Congress.
Tammy has long advocated for progressive causes and and protected the everyday American. In her time in public service, she’s stood up for expanding healthcare access, financial aid for low income students, a fairer tax system, and protecting the workers of Wisconsin. Even before holding elected office, Tammy followed the LGBT rights movement on her college campus and worked on equal pay issues during her time at the Wisconsin governor’s office.
Along with her impressive public service record, Tammy made history as Wisconsin’s first female member of congress and the country’s first openly gay non-incumbent elected to congress. She later made history again during her Senate run, becoming Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly-gay senator.
A proven record:
Baldwin has openly called for overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision, and heavily criticized the outcome of the later McCutcheon vs. FEC decision. In the Senate, she co-introduced the We The People legislative reform package, to increase transparency, strengthen lobbying laws and restrict the revolving door, rein in untraceable money and ultimately overturn Citizens United. Baldwin also co-sponsored an amendment requiring companies with large revenues from the fossil fuel industry to disclose their political ad spending. Most recently, Baldwin opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch has ruled that corporations are people and is expected to join the extreme wing of the Court to continue to allow unlimited and undisclosed spending in elections.
Candidate for California's 44th Congressional District