Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has won her race for re-election, securing her spot as the only openly LGBTQ person currently serving in the U.S. Senate.
Baldwin, a lesbian, made history in 2012 when she defeated a Republican opponent and became the first openly gay senator in U.S. history. She ran for re-election this year, winning endorsements from major LGBTQ advocacy groups like HRC and Victory Fund. She’s also Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the role.
This time around, Baldwin ran against Leak Vukmir, a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and a Trump supporter.
Queer advocates, including GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, celebrated her successful campaign:
In 2012, @SenatorBaldwin made history and became the first out gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Tonight she wins re-election and ensures that we will continue to have LGBTQ representation in the Senate. #ElectionNight https://t.co/2a3uZS9yEr
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) November 7, 2018
Congratulations to our champion in the Senate, @tammybaldwin! @HRC was so proud to mobilize pro-equality voters across Wisconsin and we can’t wait to continue working with you in the Senate! https://t.co/urdI3G2MJs
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) November 7, 2018
When the results were confirmed, Baldwin took to Twitter to thank her supporters for coming out to the polls.
We did it. Together, we took on the special interests and won.
Now, let’s get back to the real work! — TB https://t.co/mzO86Sx5VH
— Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) November 7, 2018
“We did it,” she wrote. “Together, we took on the special interests and won. Now, let’s get back to the real work!”