October 31, 2011

LGBT History Month: Rep. Steve Gunderson and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Steve Gunderson was elected to the US House of Representatives, from Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, in the Reagan landslide of 1980. Gunderson served 8 terms in the House, and was the first openly gay Republican elected to the House. He is currently  the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of approximately 2,100 grant making foundations and corporations. President Obama appointed him the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

Tammy Baldwin was elected to the US House of Representatives, from Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District, in 1998, and is serving her sixth term. She was the first out lesbian elected to the House, in either party, and she recently announced her intention to run for the US Senate in 2012, as Senator Herbert Kohl is retiring.

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