Advocate names Baldwin Person of the Year


The Advocate has named Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin its Person of the Year and is featuring the lawmaker on its cover.

Baldwin, who took the oath of office in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, is the first openly gay person to serve in that chamber.

In addition, she is the first woman elected to the Senate from Wisconsin.

The Advocate story says, “From her election to the Dane County Board of Supervisors at age 24 to her service in the Wisconsin State Assembly to her election as the first openly gay nonincumbent in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, Baldwin, now 50, has always been a trailblazer. Now, with her seat in the U.S. Senate, the granddaughter of the head costume designer for the University of Wisconsin’s theater department moves to her most visible stage to date in what has been called the ‘world’s most exclusive club.’ She joins the Senate as the freshman member with the most seniority.”

The magazine also has an interview with Baldwin.

In the House, six out representatives were sworn in on Jan. 3 – Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Kyrsten Sinema – while Barney Frank ended his long career in Congress.

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