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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
Cost per vote$9.85 in 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$798,502
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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Baldwin's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On September 10, 2013, Baldwin declared her opposition to granting President Barack Obama congressional authority to take military action against Syria, saying "America must not act alone."[9]

Baldwin announced her decision in comments delivered on the Senate floor.[9] "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.[9]

"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."[9]

Baldwin said a better response is to allow the United Nations or other international institutions to deal with crimes against humanity.[9]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Baldwin voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Baldwin voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Baldwin voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[13]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Baldwin voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[14]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Baldwin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[16]

Campaign issues

2012

Baldwin listed some of her campaign issues on her website:[17] "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."

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.[18] Baldwin then defeated Tommy Thompson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19]

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.[20]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[21] 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.[21] 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."[21]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 2nd District, 2010 - Tammy Baldwin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,194,114
Total Spent $1,081,311
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
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$10,000
University of Wisconsin$9,750
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$86,460
Health Professionals$85,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$42,866
Building Trade Unions$40,000
TV/Movies/Music$25,400

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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Baldwin is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Baldwin's staff was given an apparent $1,915.47 in bonus money.[36]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Baldwin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $517,004 to $1,080,000. That averages to $798,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Baldwin ranked as the 70th most wealthy senator in 2012.[37]

Tammy Baldwin Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$798,5025.27%
2011$758,50134.37%
2010$564,502N/A

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Baldwin has voted with the Democratic Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[38]

Personal

Baldwin had a domestic partner for 15 years until they separated in 2010.[39]

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Journal Sentinel Online, "Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson take different tacks on Syria," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Campaign website "Issues"
  18. Real Clear Politics "Wisconsin's GOP Senate Hopefuls Cozy Up to Walker," June 7, 2012
  19. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  20. iWatch News "Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup" Accessed August 16, 2012
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Donor history for Tammy Baldwin" Accessed April 25, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Baldwin 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed July 5, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Tammy Baldwin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  33. OpenCongress, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed August 8, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "Baldwin," Accessed April 11, 2013
  35. LegiStorm, "Tammy Baldwin," Accessed September 7, 2012
  36. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  37. OpenSecrets.org "Baldwin, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  39. 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
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Preceded by
Scott Klug
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Mark Pocan (D)