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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
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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|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Herb Kohl (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1998|
|Next general||November 2018|
|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2|
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Board of supervisors, Dane County, WI|
|High school||Madison West High School, WI|
|J.D.||University of Wisconsin Law School|
|Date of birth||February 11, 1962|
|Place of birth||Madison, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Baldwin's academic, professional and political career:
- 1999-present: U.S. House of Representatives
- 1993-1999: Wisconsin State Assembly
- 1986-1994: Board of Supervisors, Dane County, WI
Baldwin serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Budget
- United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
- United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
- Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
- Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- United States Senate Committee on Aging (Special)
Baldwin was a member of the following House committees:
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Baldwin announced her decision in comments delivered on the Senate floor. "The use of chemical weapons is a global atrocity, and it demands a global response," Baldwin said in her floor statement. "That is why I oppose going to war in Syria."
The key for Baldwin was the possibility of acting alone. She described the alleged use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people by President Bashar Assad's regime as morally reprehensible and a serious violation of long-standing international law, adding such weapons are truly barbaric in nature. Baldwin commended Obama for his decision to seek congressional authority before launching a military strike against Syria.
"But, I strongly believe that our response to this situation must not be a unilateral military action," she said. "This is not America's responsibility alone. And it is not in our interests to set the precedent that it is our responsibility alone."
Baldwin said a better response is to allow the United Nations or other international institutions to deal with crimes against humanity.
Baldwin listed some of her campaign issues on her website: "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."
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.
Baldwin won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She ran unopposed in the August 14, 2012 Democratic primary. Baldwin then defeated Tommy Thompson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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.
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. 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. 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."
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Nimrod Allen III||0.5%||16,326|
|Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson|
|Poll||Tommy Thompson||Tammy Baldwin||Another Candidate||Not sure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Rasmussen Reports (November 2, 2012||48%||48%||1%||2%||+/-4||750|
|Rasmussen Poll (October 28,2012)||48%||47%||2%||4%||+/-4.5||500|
|Quinnipiac University (August 23,2012)||50%||44%||1%||4%||+/-2.8||1,190|
|Rasmussen Poll (August 15, 2012)||54%||43%||1%||3%||+/-4.5||500|
|Rasmussen Poll (July 25, 2012)||41%||48%||5%||6%||+/-4.5||500|
|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|
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.
|Tammy Baldwin's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. Senate (Wisconsin)||$14,643,868|
|2010||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,194,114|
|2008||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,471,567|
|2006||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,565,234|
|2004||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,709,070|
|2002||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,289,943|
|2000||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,810,749|
|Grand Total Raised||$23,684,545|
Cost per vote
Baldwin spent $9.85 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2012 - Tammy Baldwin Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$9,585,823|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$9,582,888|
|Top contributors to Tammy Baldwin's campaign committee|
|University of Wisconsin||$95,500|
|League of Conservation Voters||$95,308|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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.
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 2nd District, 2010 - Tammy Baldwin Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$124,126|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$123,860|
|Top contributors to Tammy Baldwin's campaign committee|
|National Cable & Telecommunications Assn||$10,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$10,000|
|Painters & Allied Trades Union||$10,000|
|University of Wisconsin||$9,750|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$40,000|
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.
Baldwin most often votes with:
Baldwin least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voting with party
Baldwin voted with the Democratic Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.
Baldwin had a domestic partner for 15 years until they separated in 2010.
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- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat," Accessed January 6, 2012
- Huffington Post "Tammy Baldwin Sworn In To Senate, Becomes First Openly Gay Senator ," January 3, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed July 5, 2013
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Journal Sentinel Online, "Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson take different tacks on Syria," accessed September 11, 2013
- Campaign website "Issues"
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Real Clear Politics "Wisconsin's GOP Senate Hopefuls Cozy Up to Walker," June 7, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- iWatch News "Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup" Accessed August 16, 2012
- Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Donor history for Tammy Baldwin" Accessed April 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Baldwin 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed July 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tammy Baldwin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Baldwin," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed September 7, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Baldwin, (D-Wisconsin), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- WQOW "Wis. congresswoman separates from longtime partner," May 28, 2010
Herb Kohl (D)
|U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
| Succeeded by|
Mark Pocan (D)
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