A tireless leader Wisconsin can trust to fight for jobs and stand up for middle class families, workers and small business.
Tammy Baldwin is devoted to fighting for Wisconsin families and has been her whole life.
Tammy was born and raised in the Badger State and in Wisconsin’s proud progressive tradition, she has a strong record of taking on corporate special interests and fighting for the middle class.
Raised by her grandparents, Tammy graduated from Madison West High School. She went on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College and in 1989; she received her law degree from UW-Madison. In 1986, while in law school, she served on the Madison Common Council, filling an aldermanic vacancy. Tammy was also elected to the first of four terms (1986-1994) on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. In 1992, Tammy was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly as a State Representative for the 78th District, serving three terms.
In 1998, Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District shattered the state’s glass ceiling and elected Tammy Baldwin as the state’s first female member of Congress and the nation’s first openly gay challenger sent to Congress. She served seven terms in the House of Representatives representing South Central Wisconsin.
Shortly after she was first elected to Congress, at a time when both parties were supporting de-regulation of the financial industry, Tammy voted against letting Wall Street and the big banks write their own rules — one of only a handful of members of Congress who voted no on repealing the Glass-Steagall Act.
She authored a provision included in the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26, which has helped insure 2.5 million young people throughout the country.
In the House of Representatives Tammy was the lead sponsor of the Buffett Rule to ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
And she has fought unfair trade deals and worked across party lines with Republicans to impose strong tariffs on China to protect Wisconsin’s paper manufacturing jobs.
In 2012, Tammy was elected to the U.S. Senate defeating former Wisconsin Governor and Bush Administration Cabinet Secretary Tommy Thompson 52%-46%. She is Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the US Senate and is the first openly gay member elected to the Senate.
In the 113th Congress, Baldwin serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); the Senate Budget Committee; the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Throughout Tammy’s career in public service, including Madison City Council, Dane County Board of Supervisors, Wisconsin State Assembly, Congress, and now in the U.S. Senate, she has also fought for fairness.
In the U.S. Senate, a top priority of Tammy’s is working to build a “Made in Wisconsin” economy by investing in research and science; innovation and technology; and education and job readiness for advanced manufacturing. Tammy is committed to working across party lines to strengthen the essential pillars of economic security for the middle class- affordable higher education, quality health care, a strong manufacturing economy, and retirement security for today’s seniors and future generations.