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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 1 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin.jpeg
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHerb Kohl (D)
Compensation
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
1999-2013
Wisconsin State Assembly
1993-1999
Board of supervisors, Dane County, WI
1986-1994
Education
High schoolMadison West High School, WI
Bachelor'sSmith College
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 11, 1962
Place of birthMadison, WI
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$758,501
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Tammy Baldwin (b. February 11, 1962, in Madison, Wisconsin) 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 Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999-2013.

Baldwin is the first openly gay member of the United States Senate.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Baldwin is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

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.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Baldwin's academic, professional and political career:[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

2013-2014

Baldwin serves on the following Senate committees:[5]

U.S. House

2011-12

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

Issues

Campaign Issues

2012

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 1 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]

Elections

2012

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 would 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 believed could be decided by the party's nomination was the Senate seat in Wisconsin. If former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) won the Republican nomination and made it to the general election in November, the article believed he would have had 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


Polls

Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson
Poll Tommy Thompson Tammy BaldwinAnother CandidateNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (November 2, 2012
48%48%1%2%+/-4750
Rasmussen Poll (October 28,2012)
48%47%2%4%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University (August 23,2012)
50%44%1%4%+/-2.81,190
Rasmussen Poll (August 15, 2012)
54%43%1%3%+/-4.5500
Rasmussen Poll (July 25, 2012)
41%48%5%6%+/-4.5500
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 Baldwin is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Baldwin raised a total of $23,684,545 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[20]

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

2012

Breakdown of the source of Baldwin's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Baldwin won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baldwin's campaign committee raised a total of $14,643,869 and spent $15,204,940.[21]

Cost per vote

Baldwin spent $9.85 per vote received in 2012.

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.[22]

2010

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.[23]

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[24]

Baldwin most often votes with:

Baldwin least often votes with:

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[29]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Baldwin voted with the Democratic Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Personal

Baldwin had a domestic partner for 15 years until they separated in 2010.[31]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat," Accessed January 6, 2012
  2. Huffington Post "Tammy Baldwin Sworn In To Senate, Becomes First Openly Gay Senator ," January 3, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed November 18, 2011
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed July 5, 2013
  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. Open Secrets "Donor history for Tammy Baldwin" Accessed April 25, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Baldwin 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed July 5, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Tammy Baldwin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  24. OpenCongress, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed August 8, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Baldwin," Accessed April 11, 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed September 7, 2012
  27. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Baldwin, (D-Wisconsin), 2011"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. WQOW "Wis. congresswoman separates from longtime partner," May 28, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Herb Kohl (D)
U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
2013-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Scott Klug
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Mark Pocan (D)