After months of hard work, we celebrate President Obama’s re-election to four more years of fighting for the values we all believe in here in Wisconsin – that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and that our economy does best when it grows from the middle, out.

And by our President’s side will be Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Tammy Baldwin’s glass-ceiling shattering win is proof positive that the change we fight for does come. No more will anyone doubt that someone should be limited from statewide office by their gender or by whom they love.

But as Tammy Baldwin said at her victory party, she didn’t run to make history, she ran to make a difference -- and she will. Senator Baldwin will be a voice for the Wisconsin people, not for powerful special interests. 

These hard-fought victories are due in no small part to the groundwork that was laid by our grassroots movement over the past two years. Even as we faced setbacks, we dug down and fought harder, knowing that change would come if we just kept working together.

It gives us hope for the future.

Because while we celebrate these victories, there is still work to do.

This election was a tough one for progressives in the state legislature, but the conversation on how we will move Wisconsin forward is not over. We’ve seen the proof that change does come, and in the coming weeks and months we will re-organize and re-energize and we will win back the Capitol in two years.

I want to thank you so much for refusing to give up the fight for Wisconsin. These victories, and the ones yet to come, would not have been possible without you. 

So after a brief rest that I think we’ve all earned, I can’t wait to continue to work together to move Wisconsin forward.

Thank you,

Mike Tate