US Senator Tammy Baldwin won her reelection Tuesday night. She was the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the US Senate, back in 2012. Wisconsin voters reelected Baldwin in a race that was heavily watched by both political parties.
She defeated state Senator Lea Vukmir, an opponent of marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights. Donald Trump recently campaigned for Vukmir in Wisconsin.
“The reelection of Senator Baldwin was among the LGBTQ political community’s highest priorities this election cycle, so to see this champion of equality handily defeat her anti-LGBTQ opponent is phenomenal,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund.
“Six years ago, Senator Baldwin became a historic first and redefined what is possible for an LGBTQ candidate seeking a career in public service, and tonight’s victory provides a different but equally important political lesson. It proves that an out LGBTQ candidate who unapologetically uses their political power to fight for equality can be reelected statewide in the era of Trump, even in a state that Trump won."
Wisconsin voters also reelected openly gay US Representative Mark Pocan. Pocan has served in Congress since 2013.