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Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary and Senator for Wisconsin

pronounced TA-mee // BAHLD-win


Baldwin is the junior senator from Wisconsin and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Baldwin is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.

She is also Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.

She was previously the representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1999 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 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 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 from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 6, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% American Civil Liberties Union: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ United States Chamber of Commerce: 60% The Club for Growth: 4%

Enacted Legislation

Baldwin was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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 (22%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Labor and Employment (13%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Taxation (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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As Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, Baldwin may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Baldwin voted Nay

Bill Passed 67/32 on Jun 2, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Baldwin voted No

Baldwin voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jan 2021, Baldwin missed 8 of 2,479 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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