Comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the U.S. Congress is responsible for making laws for the country. It has legislative power to spend and tax in order to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare of the citizenry. Members of both the House and Senate attend to constituents’ requests and problems with the government. Each state elects two senators who represent the whole state for 6-year terms. The House of Representatives has 435 members who are elected to 2-year terms from districts within the states. Wisconsin has 8 House of Representatives districts. The annual salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate has been $174,000 since 2009.
Leah Vukmir (Republican)
Tammy Baldwin (Democratic), Incumbent
LEAH VUKMIR (Rep)
Brookfield, WI 53005
TAMMY BALDWIN (Dem)
1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Tammy is putting Wisconsin first and doing right by working families. She is building a stronger Made in WI manufacturing economy by championing Buy American rules, confronting unfair trade deals, and helping create good-paying jobs. She is working across party lines to make sure our veterans are supported with the health care, jobs, and community support they have earned. Tammy is also leading the fight to protect our health care from partisan efforts that would rip care away from millions.
2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Tammy stands with students and families who want to stop gun violence in our schools and communities and save lives. She knows it's time to stand up to powerful special interests like the NRA who represent the views of big money corporations, not Wisconsinites. She believes Washington should step up and act on common sense protections such as universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole, and closing the terror gap to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
3. If elected, what would you do to reduce the ill effects of climate change? Climate change is a moral and economic crisis. Tammy believes that if we want future generations to enjoy a bountiful state and planet, we can't continue to deplete resources, emit greenhouse gases at the current rate, and fail to invest in renewable energy sources. Tammy is working to protect our Great Lakes and is a leading defender of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. She is also committed to holding polluters accountable and improving drinking water quality across the state.
4. What role do you believe the government should play in regard to the relationship a woman has with her health care provider? Do you think reproductive health care services should be singled out for increased scrutiny from the government? Why or why not? Tammy believes that every woman deserves the freedom to make her own personal decisions about her health care, her family, and her body. Choice isn't just about vital health care options and women's health care rights, because having control over the decision of when to have children greatly affects women's economic prosperity. Tammy knows that when women do better, our economy does better. That's why she is committed to fighting against dangerous efforts to roll back progress on women's health.