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NEWS: Tammy Baldwin Becomes First Openly Gay Senator

By November 7, 2012

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Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin slipped past Gov. Tommy Thompson to win a historic seat in the US Senate. Baldwin is the first openly gay person, and the first Wisconsin woman, to hold a seat in the Senate.

Baldwin is a seven-term congresswoman and one of four openly gay House members, but will transfer to the Senate, leaving fellow Democrats Barney Frank (Massachusetts), David Cicilline (Rhode Island) and Jared Polis (Colorado).

As a House representative, Baldwin co-founded and co-chaired the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and was integral in the efforts to expand federal hate crime legislation in 2009 to include lesbian and gay individuals and to widen benefits for LGBT federal employees.

"For us the biggest thing about Tammy Baldwin is her visibility. You can't be what you can't see," Tiffany Dufu, president of The White House Project told CNN.
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