U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announced today she was a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Herb Kohl, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress.
Baldwin, a Democrat, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998 and represents the city of Madison. She made her announcement via a YouTube video.
“People are yearning for public officials that listen and understand their real struggles, and what they see is an incredibly disconnect at both the federal and state levels,” Baldwin said in a conference call with members of the media. “People are asking, ‘Doesn’t anyone hear us?’ I do, and that’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate.”
Baldwin’s key issues are universal health care, energy independence and renewable fuels. In Congress, she serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and two of its subcommittees, on health, and on the environment and the economy.
Baldwin waited to launch her campaign until after Russ Feingold, a former Senator from Wisconsin, announced that he would not seek the party’s nomination.
Two Republicans are already in the race: Mark Neumann, a former member of the U.S. House who ran for the U.S. Senate seat in 1998, and Jeff Fitzgerald, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin’s former governor, is likely to seek the GOP nomination, too.