Entries from: Tammy Baldwin

NYC’s Quinn to address Victory Fund National Brunch

speakerquinnNew York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, the current speaker of the city council, is set to address more than 1,000 attendees at the annual Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch this weekend in Washington, D.C. She’ll join Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, comedian Loni Love and others as Victory supporters celebrate unprecedented electoral success for LGBT candidates in 2012, and look ahead to big races like Quinn’s in 2013.

“Washington, D.C., loves Chris Quinn because we rarely get to hear politicians tell us exactly what they’re thinking,” said Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe, who also be a featured speaker at Sunday’s brunch.  ”This is going to be one of the most exciting races of the year. There are a lot of LGBT people in Washington who will be watching to see if New York makes history this year by electing its first woman and first openly LGBT mayor.”

Sims became the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature last year, and Baldwin became the first openly LGBT U.S. senator in one of the most closely-watched federal races of 2012.

“This is a celebration of a landmark year in LGBT politics, but it’s also a look ahead to what we can accomplish this year, when we expect more than 100 candidates will be endorsed in local, state and federal races,” Wolfe said.

LGBT ally and “Chelsea Lately Show” regular comedian Loni Love is set to kick off the festivities at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.  To learn more or secure last-minute tickets, go here.

Advocate’s Person of the Year: Tammy Baldwin

advocate cover baldwin person of the yearThe Advocate magazine has named Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., its “Person of the Year,” celebrating her historic election in 2012. Baldwin, sworn in to office yesterday, is the first openly LGBT American to serve in the United States Senate.

“At every glass ceiling I’ve broken, I’ve hoped that that’s the message that goes out so loudly and clearly…that we don’t have to limit our aspirations in this society anymore,” Baldwin told the Advocate’s Julie Bolcer in a wide-ranging interview.

Still, Baldwin said her groundbreaking campaign wasn’t about that milestone, nor even about her or her opponent.  ”It was about the epic challenges facing this nation,” Baldwin said, pointing out that the issue of her sexual orientation came up most often when reporters asked about it.

“Outside groups including the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, LPAC, and EMILY’s List endorsed Baldwin and spoke more explicitly about the history-making nature of her bid. Their support provided reinforcement on the few occasions when opponents launched personal attacks,” the Advocate reported, noting a few instances where opponents made reference to her support for LGBT equality.

“We are extremely proud of our more than two decades of support for Senator Baldwin’s political campaigns.  She was among the first dozen candidates the Victory Fund ever endorsed, so it’s exciting and incredibly satisfying to see her reach these heights.  LGBT Americans can be incredibly proud of her success, and know that they finally have an authentic, representative voice in the Senate,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Sign Victory’s card congratulating Senator Baldwin and her six openly gay and bisexual colleagues who were sworn in as members of the House of Representatives yesterday.

Victory Fund celebrates huge night for gay candidates

TammyChuck1Hundreds of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates won election to public offices across America yesterday, including the nation’s first openly gay U.S. Senator, at least six openly gay members of the U.S. House, and seven who will make history as the first or only out lawmakers serving in their state legislatures.

“This wasn’t incremental progress.  This was a breathtaking leap forward,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  ”Tammy Baldwin’s victory in the face of tens of millions of dollars in super PAC spending against her is a testament to the enormous power of people who believe in and fight for progress, fairness and equality. LGBT candidates and their allies this year showed we are willing to engage fully in the political process to win the freedom we deserve.”

Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s historic victory in the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin capped big wins in House races, including one for the seat she has held for seven terms.  Mark Pocan was elected in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District, becoming the first gay candidate who will follow an openly gay member of Congress.

In New York, Sean Patrick Maloney was elected in the 18th Congressional District.  In California’s 41st Congressional District, Mark Takano became the first openly gay person of color to win election to the U.S. House.  In Arizona, former state lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema was elected in the newly-drawn 9th Congressional District.  She became the first openly bisexual member of Congress. U.S. Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., won reelection to their seats.

Seven state legislatures gained their first or only openly LGBT state lawmakers this year, including North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, which went from zero to two gay legislators.  And in Oregon and Colorado, state legislative election results have positioned two out lawmakers to become House Speakers.

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BREAKING: Tammy Baldwin elected to the U.S. Senate

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.

Baldwin has narrow lead in Senate race in Wis., polls show

photo (8)Two polls out today show Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., holding a slim lead over former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.   A new Marquette University Law School poll has Baldwin up 47 to 43, while an internal poll conducted for Baldwin’s campaign shows her with a 3-point lead.

“This race has tightened, but Tammy’s running a fantastic campaign and Wisconsin voters have so far rejected a barrage of attack ads from Karl Rove and right-wing super PACS,” said Tiffany Muller, vice president of political operations at the Victory Fund.  ”From here on out it’s about a strong ground game, so we’ve sent staff and volunteers to help the coordinated get-out-the-vote effort, and we’ll be there until Election Day,” Muller added.

President Bill Clinton recently made a swing through the state to help Baldwin, and Victory staffers are bumping into senior Obama administration officials such as Valerie Jarrett (pictured) as they crisscross the state with Baldwin’s field team.  ”This really is an all-hands-on-deck effort now,” Muller said.

Learn more about the race today at 4:30pm ET when the Victory Fund hosts a national conference call with Baldwin and her campaign manager, Karin Johanson.  Go to www.victoryfund.org/briefing to sign up for the call.