DSCC picks Baldwin to lead women's efforts

"Tammy Baldwin is the perfect person to lead the WSN. She ran an exceptionally good race against a tough opponent, and she is already generating excitement among donors, activists, and volunteers across the country," campaign committee Chairman Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the Republican agenda is dangerous for the health and safety of women and girls, and we need a strong network of women across the country to help us deliver that message loud and clear."

Baldwin proved to be one of the strongest fundraisers in the country in 2012, second only to fellow freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and she was supported by the Network in her own election.

She'll now work to help reelect the woman who ran the organization last cycle — Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) — as well as other potentially vulnerable female senators like Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

"We achieved great things in 2012, electing and reelecting more women to the US Senate than ever before, but the hard work does not stop," Baldwin said in a statement. "It is so important that we are engaging women across the country in our efforts to promote strong women leaders in our party, not because it is good politics, but because it has real consequences for people in their daily lives. Congressional Republicans not only want to eliminate a woman’s freedom to make her own medical decisions, they support an economic agenda that is devastating for women and their families."

This post was updated at 10:15 a.m.