Baldwin Campaign Announces “Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Tammy”

MILWAUKEE — Today, the Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate campaign launched “Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Tammy” — a coalition of Wisconsin sportsmen and sportswomen from across the Badger State who support Tammy Baldwin and her commitment to protecting and strengthening Wisconsin’s proud heritage and traditions. Within hours of launching, over 100 grassroots supporters joined the coalition’s Facebook page.

Baldwin is a gun owner herself, supports the Second Amendment, and has worked throughout her career to protect Wisconsin’s sporting traditions, because she understands how important this heritage is to the people of our great state. 

“Whether hunting, fishing or enjoying all of our great land and water treasures, the people of Wisconsin have always cherished our magnificent sporting and outdoors heritage,” said “Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Tammy” Co-Chair Wisconsin State Representative Chris Danou.  “We are proud to support Tammy Baldwin, because we know she will be a voice for us in the United States Senate and be a Senator who will stand up for our Wisconsin values.”

Baldwin has a strong record of standing up for Wisconsin hunters and anglers in order to pass the sporting tradition on to future generations, including: defended Wisconsin duck hunting traditions; stood up to protect Wisconsin’s deer herd from CWD; voted to ensure hunting rights are protected in natural heritage areas; voted to protect the right of sportsmen and sportswomen to hunt and fish on 27 million acres of public land; supported a measure to reinforce states’ rights in managing fish and wildlife; supported 2 million new acres of public lands and ensured those lands are open to sportsmen and sportswomen; worked across party lines and worked to remove the Wisconsin gray wolf from the endangered species list.

“Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Tammy” Co-Chairs

Chris Danou, Trempealeau, WI— A member of the state Assembly and a former Onalaska police officer, Chris Danou is an avid outdoorsman.  He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, and the Nature Conservancy. Rep. Danou also earned a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from UW-Stevens Point. 

Jim Holperin, Eagle River, WI – Jim Holperin represents Wisconsin’s Northwoods in the state Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Tourism.  A former Secretary of Tourism, Holperin has earned an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association.

Nick Milroy, South Range, WI – Nick Milroy has been an avid Whitetail deer and small game hunter throughout his life, as well as a fanatical Great Lakes fisherman and muskie hunter.  He is a Certified Fisheries Professional with the American Fisheries Society, member of Ducks Unlimited, and has served as a volunteer Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor.  Nick represents all of Douglas County and the northern portions of Washburn County and Burnett County in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Kathleen Vinehout, Alma, WI – Before being elected to the state Senate from a largely rural district in western Wisconsin, Kathleen Vinehout operated a 50-cow family dairy farm near Alma in Buffalo County. In addition to being a leader on rural issues in the Wisconsin State Senate, Sen. Vinehout is an avid bow and rifle deer hunter and sportswoman.

Click here for the “Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Tammy” Facebook page.

Tammy’s Proven Record of Protecting Wisconsin’s Outdoors Traditions 

2001: Tammy Defended Wisconsin Duck Hunting Traditions
Tammy stood with Wisconsin’s duck hunters when she pushed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal that could have thinned out duck populations in the Midwest. The proposal, which was dropped by the Service after Tammy’s insistence, would have harmed current and future Wisconsin duck hunts.

2002: Tammy Stood Up to Protect Wisconsin’s Deer Herd from CWD
When Chronic Wasting Disease threatened Wisconsin’s deer herd, and our deer hunting tradition, Tammy Baldwin introduced H.R. 5608, the Comprehensive Wildlife Disease Testing Acceleration Act of 2002 to improve and quicken testing for the disease.

2007: Baldwin Voted to Ensure Hunting Rights Are Protected in Natural Heritage Areas
Tammy voted in favor of a bill that would ensure that lands designated as natural heritage areas are governed by state and local hunting and fishing laws—guaranteeing that rights in these areas are protected for sportsmen and women.

2008: Tammy Voted to Protect the Right of Sportsmen and Women to Hunt and Fish on 27 MILLION Acres of Public Land
Tammy voted for an amendment that would authorize the National Landscape Conservation System at the Bureau of Land Management. The amendment protected the right of sportsmen and sportswomen  to hunt and fish on nearly 27 million acres of public land and sought to ensure that there were no limits to access for hunting, fishing, trapping or recreational shooting on National Landscape Conservation System land. She also voted against a motion that would have effectively killed that legislation.

2008: Tammy Supported a Measure to Reinforce States’ Rights in Managing Fish and Wildlife
Tammy voted for an amendment that clarified that the federal government would not encroach on states’ rights to manage fish and wildlife under state laws, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational shooting regulations on public land.

2009: Baldwin Supported 2 Million New Acres of Public Lands and Ensured Those Lands Are Open to Sportsmen and Women
Tammy voted for a bill that would designate more than 2 million new acres of protected wilderness areas nationwide. It specified that there would be no restrictions for fishing or trapping activities otherwise allowed by law, and would not affect state authority to regulate these activities.

2011: Tammy Worked Across Party Lines and Worked to Remove the Wisconsin Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List
Tammy supported the commonsense approach of removing the Wisconsin Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List after population numbers exceeded both the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Plan and the federal recovery goal. This action opens the door to a new wolf hunt.

Wisconsinites can also connect with the campaign on, and on Twitter @TammyBaldwinWi.