By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 11, 1962
BIRTHPLACE: Madison, Wis.
RESIDENCE: Madison, Wis.
EDUCATION: B.A., Smith College; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: House of Representatives, 1999-2012; state representative, 1993-1999
Tammy Baldwin defeated long-time GOP politician Tommy Thompson to become the first openly gay U.S. senator.
The House member-turned-senator pointed out that her single mother raised her while they lived with her grandparents. The experience taught her the importance of entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security, which she said Republicans wanted to cut in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Baldwin has long been an advocate for single-payer healthcare system, stating such in her first campaign for Congress. She’s also been very vocal in her opposition to the Iraq War.
She replaced Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), who retired.