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Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin.jpeg
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorHerb Kohl (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
Wisconsin State Assembly
Board of supervisors, Dane County, WI
High schoolMadison West High School, WI
Bachelor'sSmith College
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law School
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1962
Place of birthMadison, WI
Net worth$758,501
Office website
Campaign website
Tammy Baldwin (b. February 11, 1962) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wisconsin. Baldwin was first elected to the Senate in 2012.[1]

She was previously a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd congressional district of Wisconsin from 1999-2013.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Baldwin is a "far-left Democratic leader".[2]

Baldwin is the first openly gay member of the United States Senate.[3]


Baldwin earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and went into private practice. She also started her political career as a member of Dane County's Board of Supervisors.[4]


  • 1999-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1993-1999: Wisconsin State Assembly
  • 1986-1994: Board of Supervisors, Dane County, WI

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Baldwin serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

U.S. House


Baldwin was a member of the following House committees[6]:


Campaign Issues


Baldwin listed some of her campaign issues on her website:[7] "In the proud tradition of Wisconsin’s state motto, “Forward,” Tammy holds a strong commitment to innovation, research and development. Through investments in clean energy technology, we can strengthen Wisconsin’s economy and lower energy costs for families and businesses. Dedicated to Wisconsin’s progressive traditions and values, Tammy has a long record of fighting for family farms, for clean air and water, working to protect Wisconsin’s environment and preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations.

In the Senate, Baldwin will put the middle class first and fight for a fairer economy where hard work is rewarded. She is committed to working with both parties to strengthen Wisconsin’s manufacturing and reduce the tax burden on small businesses so that they can continue to create jobs and drive our economy forward."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Baldwin voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



See also: United States Senate elections in Wisconsin, 2012

Baldwin won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She ran unopposed in the August 14, 2012 Democratic primary.[9] Baldwin then defeated Tommy Thompson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10]

Money poured into the Senate primary race from political action groups outside of Wisconsin. $4.5 million was spent on ads about Democratic candidate Baldwin. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $850,000 on ads against her.[11]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[12] The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes could be decided by the party's nomination is the Senate seat in Wisconsin. If former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) can win the Republican nomination and make it to the general election in November, the article believed he would have a significant edge.[12] According to the article, "Given the current state of these toss ups, it’s not a stretch to think that a Thompson victory in Wisconsin could end up giving Republicans their 51st Senate seat."[12]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Baldwin 51.5% 1,544,274
     Republican Tommy Thompson 45.9% 1,377,253
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 2.1% 61,904
     Independent Nimrod Allen III 0.5% 16,326
Total Votes 2,999,757
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


On November 2, 2010, Baldwin won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Chad Lee (R).[20]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Baldwin Incumbent 61.8% 191,164
     Republican Chad Lee 38.2% 118,099
Total Votes 309,263


Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson
Poll Tommy Thompson Tammy BaldwinAnother CandidateNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (November 2, 2012
Rasmussen Poll (October 28,2012)
Quinnipiac University (August 23,2012)
Rasmussen Poll (August 15, 2012)
Rasmussen Poll (July 25, 2012)
AVERAGES 48.2% 46% 2% 3.8% +/-4.06 688
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Reid is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Reid raised a total of $23,684,545 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[21]

Tammy Baldwin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Wisconsin) Won $14,643,868
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,194,114
2008 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,471,567
2006 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,565,234
2004 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,709,070
2002 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,289,943
2000 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,810,749
Grand Total Raised $23,684,545


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Baldwin's reports.[22]

Tammy Baldwin 2012 Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]March 31, 2012$1,818,452.32$2,008,020.22$(1,067,457.23)$2,759,015.31
July Quarterly[24]June 30, 2012$2,759,015.31$2,221,558.82$(1,504,910.31)$3,475,663.82
Running totals

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Baldwin ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. She received $4,564,389, or 72.7%, of her donations from outside of Wisconsin. [25]


Breakdown of the source of Baldwin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Baldwin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Baldwin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,194,114 and spent $1,081,311.[26]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Baldwin missed 0 of 94 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Baldwin paid her congressional staff a total of $1,044,671 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Baldwin was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Baldwin's staff was given an apparent $1,915.47 in bonus money.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Baldwin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $501,003 and $1,016,000. That averages to $758,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth increased by 34.37% from 2010.[30]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Baldwin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $169,006 to $959,998. That averages to $564,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[31]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Baldwin voted with the Democratic Party 93.6% of the time, which ranked 58 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[32]


Baldwin had a domestic partner for 15 years until they separated in 2010.[33]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat," Accessed January 6, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Baldwin" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Huffington Post "Tammy Baldwin Sworn In To Senate, Becomes First Openly Gay Senator ," January 3, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed November 18, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed November 18, 2011
  7. Campaign website "Issues"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Real Clear Politics "Wisconsin's GOP Senate Hopefuls Cozy Up to Walker," June 7, 2012
  10. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  11. iWatch News "Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup" Accessed August 16, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  21. Open Secrets "Donor history for Harry Reid" Accessed April 25, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Tammy Baldwin's Summary Report," Accessed October 8, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 8, 2012
  24. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 8, 2012
  25. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Tammy Baldwin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  27. GovTrack, "Baldwin," Accessed April 11, 2013
  28. LegiStorm, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed September 7, 2012
  29. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Baldwin, (D-Wisconsin), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  33. WQOW "Wis. congresswoman separates from longtime partner," May 28, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Herb Kohl (D)
U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Scott Klug
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
Succeeded by
Mark Pocan (D)