Tammy Baldwin has won the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, making history as the first openly gay U.S. Senator.
Baldwin, the first out lesbian in Congress, became the first lesbian senator Tuesday night with a victory over long-time Wisconsin Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Baldwin served three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly before successfully running for Congress.
In her victory speech in Wisconsin, Baldwin acknowledged that she makes history as both Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly gay senator.
“Now, I am well aware that I will have the honor of being Wisconsin’s first woman senator. I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member,” Baldwin said to loud cheers from her supporters. “But I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.”
“A difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills, a difference in the lives of students worried about debt and seniors worried about their retirement security, a difference in the lives veterans who fought for us and need someone fighting for them and their families when they return home from war, a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs trying to build a business and working people trying to build some economic security,” she said.
U.S. representative Tammy Baldwin (pictured, right) and her partner of nearly 15 years, Lauren Azar (left), ended their relationship in May 2010.
Azar, an attorney with extensive experience in utilities, is the Commissioner of the Public Service Commission in Wisconsin.