Election 2012

Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin Projected to Become First Openly Gay Senator

50 to 47 percent over former Gov. Tommy Thompson


Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the first out lesbian in Congress, became the first openly LGBT senator Tuesday night with a victory over Gov. Tommy Thompson.

"The people of Wisconsin have made history," Baldwin said in her victory speech. "I'm well aware that I will have the honor to be the first woman Senator from Wisconsin. And I'm well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate."