Red, White and Blue

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin reflects on U.S. Senate victory

CREATED Nov 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2012

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MADISON- Democrats have claimed victory in a very expensive, often vicious U.S. Senate race.  Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is now senator-elect Baldwin.
 
Congresswoman Baldwin insists she was not out to make history with this election, but she did make history and Baldwin opened up about what this historic win means to her.
 
She became the first Wisconsin woman elected to the U.S Senate, but the loudest applause came when she said this:
 
"I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate."
 
TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray: "First woman from Wisconsin elected to the U.S. Senate.  First openly gay senator.  Which is more meaningful to you?"
Tammy Baldwin: "I can't imagine making that kind of a choice."
 
The Madison Democrat hopes her win will be inspiring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
 
"For young LGBT folks in a hostile environment or in a less than supportive family that they can see what happened last night in terms of this senate victory and say I should have no limits to my aspirations," says Baldwin.

Baldwin says when she was younger she was inspired by Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.  Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
 
"There I was, just out of school and said to myself, 'I can do anything.  I can aspire to anything.  There's no ceiling anymore.'"
 
In the U.S. Senate, Wisconsin now has one of the most conservative in Republican Ron Johnson and one of the most liberal lawmakers in Tammy Baldwin.
 
"One thing that I saw in last night's election was a rejection of gridlock and a rejection of the politics where partisanship is elevated above getting the people's business done," says Baldwin.
 
Baldwin defeated one of the biggest personalities in Wisconsin politics, former Governor Tommy Thompson.