WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin in her bid for re-election on Thursday.
“We were proud to stand with Senator Baldwin when she made history in 2012, and today we are thrilled to enthusiastically endorse her bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “A true trailblazer, Senator Baldwin has been at the center of every battle for full equality, fighting tirelessly on behalf of Wisconsin and the American people. Her leadership and voice remain crucial in the effort to advance equality and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the U.S. Senate.”
“I am honored to have HRC’s endorsement and proud to be their long standing partner in this fight,” said Senator Baldwin. “Every Wisconsinite and every American, no matter who they are, should be able to have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live free from fear of discrimination. I will continue fighting for these ideals every day as a U.S. Senator and work to ensure full federal equality for everyone.”
Baldwin is the first openly gay U.S. senator and the first woman elected to the chamber from Wisconsin. Throughout her public service, she has been a pioneer for equality: Senator Baldwin was a leader in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an early supporter of marriage equality, a champion for federal hate crimes protections, and co-author of the Equality Act, crucial legislation that would extend comprehensive federal protections to LGBTQ Americans. In addition to Baldwin’s strong civil rights record, she has been a voice for middle class Wisconsinites, leading the fight for quality, affordable health care access and an economy that works for everyone. She has defended the Affordable Care Act and is a leader of Buy American reforms to fuel job growth in the United States.
In July, HRC announced the earliest, largest grassroots expansion in its 37-year history ahead of 2018 with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. HRC has thus far announced six priority states, which include Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, HRC has identified more than 560,000 Wisconsinites as likely “Equality Voters” — those who are strong supporters of policies that advance LGBTQ equality, including marriage equality and other measures prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. HRC engaged Catalist, a data and analytics firm, to create a voter equality model that predicts every registered voters’ likelihood to support LGBTQ equality. This model has allowed HRC to identify and direct outreach to millions of “Equality Voters” in crucial battleground states, moving them to action in support of pro-equality issues and legislation, as well as our endorsed candidates.
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