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Educators mark Tammy Baldwin’s election to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON - November 06, 2012 -

Following is a statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s election to the U.S. Senate.

“The Badger state will return to Washington a true public education champion in Tammy Baldwin. Her election is a victory for students and for public education. As educators, we are confident she will continue to make education a top priority in the U.S. Senate. She will fight for the middle class and will make sure everyone has a fair shot. More to the point, she pledged to make sure what happens in Washington works in schools and communities back in Wisconsin,” said Van Roekel.

Despite the numerous attacks on educators and working people in Wisconsin, they have emerged with renewed energy to deliver a tremendous victory for the children in their state and for our country. The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC),  NEA’s state affiliate, wholeheartedly endorsed Tammy Baldwin and touted her career in public service as a public education champion. In 1998, Baldwin became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress from Wisconsin. Today, she shattered the glass ceiling again by becoming Wisconsin’s first female Senator.

Why Are Educators Involved in Elections?

NEA members’ top priority is ensuring that every student has access to a quality public school. That responsibility extends beyond the classroom, and means speaking up about decisions that take place outside of school yet affect their ability to educate their students. Local, state, and national politics have a direct impact on the quality of our public schools; speaking up for students requires speaking up in the political process.

Facts on NEA in Wisconsin

  • WEAC members mobilized in record numbers to support Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate and the President’s reelection.  More than 21,600 members were actively supporting the candidates.
  • WEAC volunteers in 71 of 72 counties throughout the state made phone calls or went door-to-door.
  • NEA sponsored more than $450,000 in independent television and direct mail advertising supporting Tammy Baldwin’s campaign in the key northern counties of Wisconsin.

Facts on NEA’s Election Activity Nationally

  • One out of every 100 Americans is an NEA member. 
  • In 2008, 1 in every 50 votes cast came from an NEA member. One in every 34 votes cast came from an NEA household. 
  • Our members live in every state, in every Congressional district, and in every precinct.
  • Nearly 500,000 NEA members signed up in some way to be involved in the Obama For America campaign, including direct action such as phone banking, canvassing and conducting voter registration.
  • NEA was the first union to move to endorse President Obama for a second term.  We did so in 2011, meaning we could gear up and start educating and organizing our members. 
  • Educators are highly reliable voters.  On average, NEA members turn out 15 percent higher than the general public in Presidential elections.
  • When it comes to political action, NEA members are involved. Almost half a million educators, NEA members, have been involved in some way in the presidential election.  
  • The vast majority of teachers are women. In fact, 74 percent of NEA members are women—a critical constituency in Decision 2012.


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