1962 – Tammy Baldwin Born

On this date U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin was born in Madison. A graduate of Madison West High School, Baldwin began her career in elective office as a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 1986. In the same year, she served briefly on the Madison City Council, filling an aldermanic vacancy. Baldwin served four terms as a Dane County Supervisor (1986-1994), while also running for, and winning, a seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly in November 1992. She served as a State Representative for the 78th Assembly District comprising central and south Madison from January 1993 to January 1999. She has served as a member of Wisconsin Citizen Action, Access to Independence, the ACLU of Wisconsin, National Women’s Political Caucus, and the state bar of Wisconsin. She was elected to the House of Representative in 1998 and has served on the Budget and Judiciary Committees. In her first term, Congresswoman Baldwin was a leader in the successful effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and authored a bill that would enable states to provide health care coverage for their uninsured. The first openly gay person to be elected to Congress as a non-incumbent, Tammy Baldwin is a forceful supporter of civil rights.