Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (b. 1962)
Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin was born on February 11, 1962 in Madison Wisconsin. Baldwin has served as a junior United States Senator from Wisconsin since January 2013. Baldwin became the first LGBT woman elected to the House of Representatives and to the Senate in 1998 and 2012 respectively. She graduated Valedictorian from Madison West High School and went on to double major in political science and mathematics at Smith College, graduating in 1984. She then received her law degree from UW-Madison in 1989.
After her election in 1998, Baldwin served seven terms in the House of Representatives, getting recognition for her work on middle class economic security. She co-wrote the Affordable Care Act provision that allows young people to remain on their parent’s insurance plans up to age 26, and shepherded the ACA through committee to a floor vote.
Baldwin has introduced 10 bills that have become law, including the Improving Access to Maternal Care Act and the Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services Act.
Baldwin has led many efforts and introduced legislation to address the student debt crisis and college affordability. She introduced the In The Red Act, a reform to address college affordability, the America’s College Promise Act, and the Working Student Act. Baldwin serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.