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Term: Baldwin, Tammy 1962

Definition: Tammy Baldwin was born on February 11, 1962 in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduation from Madison West High School in 1980 she attended Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts where she received her A.B. degree in government and mathematics in 1984. Her political career began with her election to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 1986 on which she served four terms (1986-1994). She also served briefly on the Madison City Council filling a one-year alderman vacancy in 1986. Concurrent with her time on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, she earned a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Wisconsin Law School and practiced law from 1989-1992.

In November 1992, she won a seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 78th Assembly district and became the youngest woman elected to the state legislature. While serving in the Wisconsin State Assembly she served on a variety of committees including Criminal Justice and Corrections, Elections and Constitution Law, Housing, Colleges and Universities, Education, and Corrections Facilities. Her special assignments included the State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Legislative Council Commission on Information Brokering, Computer Technology and Related Issues, and Legislative Council Commission on Americans with Disabilities Act.

In November 1998, Ms. Baldwin won election to the106th Congress from the 2nd District and became the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in the House of Representatives. With her election she also became the first openly gay person elected as a non-incumbent and the first out lesbian to serve Congress in this nation's history. Ms. Baldwin serves on the House of Representatives Budget and Judiciary committees and has additional membership on the Judiciary Sub-committee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, the Judiciary Sub-committee on Commercial and Administrative Law, and heads the Health Care Working Group of the House Democratic Rural Task Force. Her legislative work focuses on health care reform, Social Security and Medicare, senior citizens, and civil rights. She won a second congressional term in November 2000.

Her entry from the 2003-2004 Blue Book follows: (Dem.), 2nd Congressional District Born Madison, February 11, 1962. Graduate Madison West H.S.; B.A. in mathematics and government, Smith College (MA) 1984; J.D. UW-Madison 1989. Former practicing attorney, 1989-92. Member: American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin; Democratic Parties of Dane County and Wisconsin; Madison Urban League; Madison NAACP; State Bar of Wis. Madison City Council 1986; Dane Co. Board 1986-94. State legislative service: Elected to Assembly 1992-96 (served until January 4, 1999). Elected to U.S. House of Representatives 1998; reelected since 2000. Committee assignments: 108th Congress - Budget Committee; Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittees on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, and on Commercial and Administrative Law. Telephones: Washington office: (202) 225-2906; District office: (608) 258-9800. Internet address: E-mail address: Voting address: Madison 53703. Mailing addresses: Washington office: 1022 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-4902; District offices: 400 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 402, Beloit 53511; 10 East Doty Street, Suite 405, Madison 53703. (Blue Book 2003-04)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Tammy Baldwin Papers for details.

[Source: Blue book]
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