U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin won a seat on the Dane County Board of Supervisors in Wisconsin when just a handful of out LGBTQ+ people were elected anywhere in the United States. She rose through the ranks, making political history along the way. She became the first out LGBTQ+ member of the Wisconsin state Assembly when she won a Madison-based seat in 1992 and became the first out lesbian U.S. House member and first woman U.S. House member from Wisconsin when she won in 1998. She was also the first non-incumbent out LGBTQ+ person to win a U.S. House seat. In 2012, Baldwin won her race for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first out LGBTQ+ person to serve in the body and the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the upper chamber. She won re-election in 2018.
Madison Common Council (1985 – 1986)
Dane County Board of Supervisors (1986 – 1993)
Wisconsin State Assembly (1993 – 1999)
United States House of Representatives (1999 – 2013)
United States Senate (2013 – present)