First Openly Lesbian Senator Elected

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As election night came to a close, Wisconsin Democratic Representative, Tammy Baldwin, 50, defeated former Governor Tommy Thompson to make history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. Senator.

In one of the most expensive senate races in Wisconsin, raising over $65 million, Baldwin’s victory was another that helped democrats retain the majority in the Senate seats. Being first introduced into Congress in 1998, she is also the first female Senator from Wisconsin to receive such a triumph.

Assuming the seat of Herb Kohl, who is retiring after the completion of his fourth term, Baldwin never let her sexual orientation become an issue during her campaign.

The self-proclaimed “progressive” advocated many issues such as making promises to support investments in infrastructure, education and research to create jobs.

Read more at  The Associated Press

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