Tonight Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin won her re-election bid in Wisconsin over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir.  

 

Baldwin is the first openly gay U.S. senator and the first woman elected to the chamber from Wisconsin. Throughout her public service, she has been a pioneer for equality: Senator Baldwin was a leader in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an early supporter of marriage equality, a champion for federal hate crimes protections, and co-author of the Equality Act, crucial legislation that would extend comprehensive federal protections to LGBTQ Americans. In addition to Baldwin’s strong civil rights record, she has been a voice for middle class Wisconsinites, leading the fight for quality, affordable health care access and an economy that works for everyone. She has defended the Affordable Care Act and is a leader of Buy American reforms to fuel job growth in the United States.

 

“Tonight, Wisconsin rejected Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s politics of division and fear by re-electing bold pro-equality champion Tammy Baldwin to the Senate,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “For more than a year, HRC has worked to mobilize 560,000 equality voters across the state and we are proud to have helped this candidate and others across the finish line. Tonight we celebrate this incredible moment and tomorrow we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with Baldwin and others to ensure the safety, dignity and legal equality of all Wisconsinites.”

 

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