Wisconsin Gazette
January 3, 2013
Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin took the oath of office in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, becoming the first openly gay person to serve in that chamber. "LGBT Americans have finally broken through a glass ceiling that held firm for more than two centuries," said Chuck Wolfe of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. "This is real progress – a victory for us all. And this is a moment to smile, celebrate and raise a glass to toast a record number of out federal lawmakers." In the House, six out representatives were sworn in on Jan. 3 – Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Kyrsten Sinema – while Barney Frank ended his long career in Congress. The out representatives, all of them Democrats, serve in the minority party – there are 233 Republicans and 200 Democrats in the House. The freshman class of 84 includes the first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and the first openly bisexual member, Sinema.