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Influence of My Mother

Influence of My Mother

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Baldwin shares how her mother marched for Civil Rights and was tangentially involved with the burgeoning women's movement.

Tammy's Biography

Born & Raised: Madison, Wisconsin.
Double Major: Graduated from Smith College majoring in mathematics and government.
Best Piece of Advice: "Don't just read about it. Do it. Demystify it. Get right in."
Role Models: "As I start this new role as a United States Senator I look to Barbara Mikulski…who paved the way for so many of us to follow."

Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2012, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Senator and first female Senator from Wisconsin. A Smith College alumni, her public service career began in 1986 at the age of 24 when she was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors, representing Madison's downtown area.
 
Baldwin earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and went on to practice law and serve on the Wisconsin Assembly. In 1998, Baldwin defeated Republican candidate Josephine Musser for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in Congress.
 
After serving more than a decade in the House, Baldwin won her seat on the Senate. She has become known for her strong support of LGBT rights and universal health care, among other issues.