When elected to Congress in 1998, Tammy Baldwin became the first woman from Wisconsin and the first out lesbian to serve in the House of Representatives. A lifelong advocate for civil rights and LGBT equality, she helped lead the successful effort to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. Baldwin is a forceful advocate for inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation. With her colleague, Representative Barney Frank, she launched the first ever Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public. Baldwin has also re-introduced the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act that would grant equal benefits to the domestic partners of federal employees. Along with Frank and Representative Jared Polis, Baldwin recently sponsored a Congressional resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. -KD
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