MADISON, Wisconsin— As Wisconsin voters head to the polls, Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) is drawing attention to the anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice record of incumbent Senator Ron Johnson, who is up for re-election. Senator Johnson received a score of 7 out of 100 on the recently released HRC Congress Dashboard for the 117th Congress, which rated members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support – including votes in the Senate to confirm historic pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and nominees to the judiciary, as well as co-sponsors on pieces of legislation that have a significant impact on LGBTQ+ people and their families.
“Ron Johnson’s recent about-face on support for marriage equality — ultimately deciding he won’t vote to protect it — provides Wisconsin voters with an illustrative example that he is completely out of touch with the views of a super majority of state voters. In this, in addition to his incomprehensible and harmful political positions, he has shown time and time again that the people of Wisconsin simply cannot count on him. said Wendy Strout, Wisconsin Human Rights Campaign Director. “Wisconsin believes in LGBTQ+ equality and the rights of all people to full participation in society. Wisconsin believes we need to control our own bodies and lives and not cede that power to politicians. Ron Johnson has failed for more than a decade to protect the LGBTQ+ community, and his score of 7 out of 100 on our Congressional scorecard is just one more data point to prove it. That’s why he’s not the right person to represent this state.
In recent months, Johnson left his head spinning when he turned the tide on the respect for marriage law, indicating that he would vote against the law – who would protect marriage equality for millions of LGBTQ+ and multiracial families – just weeks after he said he saw “no reason to oppose” The law project.
This latest deplorable action caps a long regressive record for the second-term Republican, including support abortion restrictions (including efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade), oppose discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ peopleand springing hateful rhetoric against transgender people.
Other members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation achieved the following scores:
Senator Tammy Baldwin (R): 100
Representative Scott Fitzgerald (R): 0
Representative Mike Gallagher (R): 0
Representative Glenn Grothman (R): 0
Representative Ron Kind (D): 98
Representative Gwen Moore (D): 98
Representative Mark Pocan (D): 100
Representative Bryan Steil (R): 12
Representative Tom Tiffany (R): 0
Ron Johnson is a candidate out of step with Wisconsin
Vote published in September by HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in the 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support a law “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage”.
Likewise, in a poll published earlier this year by PRRI84% of Wisconsin respondents supported LGBT discrimination protections, 64% opposed denials of service based on religion, and 73% supported marriage equality.
When it comes to abortion, an analysis from the New York Times various polls over the past decade have shown that 54% of Wisconsin residents support access to abortion. A decade of polls released this year from Marquette Law School shows similar support.
HRC’s Commitment to Wisconsin
Equality voters, including the more than 710,000 in Wisconsin, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent . HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org). Authorized by Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin.