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History-making U.S. senator to deliver 2013 Commencement address

March 27, 2013

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), below, will address Beloit College’s 163rd graduating class at its commencement ceremony on May 12. The newly installed senator, who has represented the Beloit community since 1999, was the unanimous selection of the college’s senior class officers.

Tammy Baldwin 

The class representatives shared the good news with their classmates and the entire college community via email Tuesday.

“We’re ecstatic that the person addressing our class as we move onward from Beloit is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate, the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, and has represented the Beloit community since 1999!” the representatives wrote in their announcement.

Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 after representing Wisconsin’s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives for seven terms. The senator is well known within the Beloit community and on campus, where she has frequently appeared during her public service career.

In the 113th Congress, Senator Baldwin serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the Senate Budget Committee, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She also serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  (A full bio of the senator is available online.)

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