1962-02-11

TAMMY BALDWIN, American politician, born; Tammy Baldwin was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives elected in 1999, representing Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district and in 2013 was elected as the junior Senator from Wisconsin. She is an out Lesbian. She and partner Lauren Azar separated in 2010.

Baldwin was the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Wisconsin, and served five terms before winning the Senate seat, defeating former Wisconsin governor and one-time presidential hopeful, Tommy Thompson, becoming the first out gay person to be elected to the Senate.

On August 1, 2007, Baldwin cosponsored H. Res. 333, a bill proposing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, and H Res. 589, a bill proposing the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

On January 20, 2008, Baldwin wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that on Dec. 14, 2007, “I joined with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, Reps. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), in urging Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to conduct hearings on a resolution of impeachment now pending consideration in that committee.” Although some constituents “say I have gone too far,” others “argue I have not gone far enough” and feel “we are losing our democracy and that I should do more to hold the Bush administration accountable for its actions.”

Seems almost nostalgic now, doesn’t it?