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Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Senator for Wisconsin

pronounced TA-mee // BOLD-win

Baldwin, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Wisconsin and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Baldwin is next up for reelection in 2018.

She was previously the representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district (1999-2012).

Photo of Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Baldwin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Baldwin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Baldwin has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 97% American Civil Liberties Union: 94% NIAC Action: A United States Chamber of Commerce: 32% The Club for Growth: 5% Americans for Prosperity: 2% FreedomWorks: 0%

Committee Membership

Tammy Baldwin sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Baldwin was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baldwin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%) Education (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Commerce (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Baldwin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baldwin’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN52: Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
May 22, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/13.
Nay On the Nomination PN41: Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence
Mar 15, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 85/12.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2328: National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015
Jun 29, 2016. Motion Agreed to 68/30.
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Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
No H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jan 2018, Baldwin missed 5 of 1,494 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 51 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: