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Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

By Eric W. Dolan
Saturday, May 14, 2011 11:07 EDT
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Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate.

Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, saying that it’s “time for someone else to serve.”

Baldwin is “very likely” to run for the seat, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which has endorsed Baldwin repeatedly.

“This would be a remarkable milestone for LGBT Americans,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “Congresswoman Baldwin is one of the most admired public officials I know. She would have the strong support of those who want to see our economy work for all Americans, and who believe that all voices deserve a place at the table.”

Baldwin became the first openly gay candidate to win election to the U.S. Congress as a freshman in 1998.

Three other openly gay lawmakers also serve in the House: David Cicilline (D-RI), Barney Frank (D-MA) and Jared Polis (D-CO).

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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