Tammy Baldwin Elected as First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

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Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States last night. Perhaps you've heard.

But lost a bit in the country's celebration or condemnation may be this: Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, becoming the first openly gay individual to serve in that body.

"People... see our country and our states moving toward full equality in many respects," said the seven-term Democratic congresswoman. "When you have legislative bodies that look more like America, that happens."

Baldwin had been one of four openly gay House members, along with fellow Democrats Barney Frank of Massachusetts, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jared Polis of Colorado.

Concluded Baldwin in her victory speech (above), while saying her campaign was more about the "struggle of the middle class" than her own sexuality:

"This will be a change that will move us forward and will have the life experience of more women in the United States Senate.”

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