Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin On Being First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

On November 6, 2012, Tammy Baldwin became both the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the United States Senate, as well as the first openly gay U.S. Senator. Prior to her election to the Senate, Baldwin had also been the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the first openly gay representative in the U.S. House. In this video, Baldwin discusses what it is like both as a female and an openly gay U.S. Senator, saying: “Women have different life experiences than men, and we bring those to the job. So I’m not necessarily going to say anything about ‘do we behave differently’, but nobody checks their life experience at the door like a coat check and then walks into the office to do their work. You bring it with you wherever you go. It informs your decision making, your approach to problem solving, and I think that’s a perspective we should value. We should value having diverse perspectives in every legislative body. You know, the more that our senate begins to look like America, the better I think we’ll be governed.

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