Look at this awesome person. This is Tammy Baldwin. And get your history books ready, kids, because she is the FIRST openly gay US senator*.
Baldwin hails from the great, frozen, dairy state of Wisconsin. Unlike SOME senators (cough cough) she also grew up in the land of the Cheeseheads. She’s spent her entire career representing her homestate, starting with an elected position on the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 1986 when she was just 24 FRAKKING YEARS OLD. Talk about dedication, she held that position until 1994.
Not one to settle for anything short of awesome, Baldwin ran for (and won) a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly with an unholy 59% majority. She was the only openly gay member of the Wisconsin Assembly at the time, and was loud and proud in her support of gay rights. She publicly opposed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell when it was first introduced by President Clinton. She proposed legalizing gay marriage in her state all the way back in ‘92. And for you hippy-dippy liberal types (/sarcasm font), she was part of the movement against a 2006 bill that would have reinstated the death penalty in her state. It lost. Big time.
In 1998, Baldwin ran for an open seat in the US House of Representatives and, like the BAMF she is, won it easily. She’s been re-elected every two years since. She’s supported healthcare reform, impeaching Dick Cheney (WHAT THIS WAS A THING????), the Violence Against Women Act, and the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She famously refused to support a revised bill for gay rights that deliberately excluded trans* individuals. Boosh.
And, now, most famously, she’s become the first openly gay senator. In equally exciting news, she beat an opponent, Tommy Thompson, who served on the George W. Bush cabinet. If there’s any question which way Wisconsin is leaning these days, just take a look at that race.
In conclusion, Tammy Baldwin. Your barriers and glass ceilings are no match for her full-scale awesomeness. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies, gents, and non-gendered folk, because she could very well be our first gay and/or female president.
*This means that the Senate is now 1% QUILTBAG**, which means that it’s actually representing the US Populus, yo.
**QUILTBAG = Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay. I like it better than LGBT and this is my blog so pleh.