tammyRep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, issued the following statement:

“This night will go down in history.  This is a historic victory not only for the people of Wisconsin, but for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country who have finally gained an authentic and powerful voice in Congress’ upper chamber. Tonight Tammy shattered a glass ceiling that has existed for more than two centuries, and we could not be more thrilled.

As Tammy said earlier this morning when she stopped to vote in Madison, ‘The people who had faith that this was possible made it possible.’  So I want to thank her supporters for keeping the faith.  Thank you for sticking with us and believing this community can achieve great things.  We can, and we did.  I also want to thank our remarkable partners at EMILY’s List, who have been tireless in fighting for Tammy’s election, and I want to congratulate the hundreds of volunteers and groups who worked so hard during this campaign.”

Victory is encouraging supporters to send Tammy Baldwin their congratulations.