Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin gains another ‘first’ with new leadership role


Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the Senate, and now she’ll be the first openly LGBT senator to hold a leadership position.

The Senator from Wisconsin was elected to serve as the Senate Democratic Conference Secretary.

Sen. Baldwin released a statement saying, “Too many Americans feel like they are being left behind. We need to change that and I am focused on making a difference in people’s everyday lives.”

Madison.com reports:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin will hold a Senate leadership post in an effort to “unite disparate factions” of the Democratic party, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.

Schumer named his leadership team after being chosen to lead the Senate Democrats. The New York senator is succeeding retiring Sen. Harry Reid.

Baldwin will serve as Senate Democratic Conference Secretary.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, will serve as minority whip, with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, in the new position of assistant leader.

Schumer expanded his leadership team, adding Baldwin to play an organizational role, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to assist with messaging and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to handle outreach, the Washington Post reported.

“This team is ideologically and geographically diverse, it mixes the wisdom of experience with the vigor of youth, at least in Senate years, but from the top to bottom, each of these Senators has devoted their lives to fighting for the middle class and those struggling to get there,” Schumer said in a statement.

For more on Baldwin’s leadership role, visit Madison.com