Senators Honor 15th Anniversary of the Senate GLASS Caucus

WASHINGTON – A group of U.S. Senators, led by Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI), this week marked the 15th Anniversary of the Senate GLASS Caucus—the Senate’s official non-partisan LGBTQ staff association—through a resolution recognizing the organization’s contributions to the U.S. Senate and its employees.

“The Senate GLASS Caucus has championed for 15 years efforts to promote a welcoming professional environment for all LGBTQ staff and their allies in the U.S. Senate,” said the Senate GLASS Caucus Steering Committee Co-Chairs. “We’re proud of that mission and are greatly thankful to Senator Baldwin and the co-sponsoring Senators for their leadership.”

“For the past 15 years, the GLASS Caucus has broken down barriers to public service and representation in the United States Senate. I am proud to recognize the Senate staff and allies for raising awareness around issues affecting our LGBT community,” said Senator Baldwin. “Together, we’re honoring the GLASS Caucus as we continue working to promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT Senate employees.”

In addition to recognizing the organization’s contributions to the U.S. Senate and its employees, the resolution—S. Res. 207— also honors its founding Steering Committee members, Lynden Armstrong, Brett Bearce, Josh Brekenfeld, John Fossum, Jason Knapp, Jeffrey Levensaler, Kelsey Phipps, and Mat Young, and congratulates the organization on its 15thAnniversary.

The GLASS Caucus, formed by LGBTQ Senate staff and their allies, was founded in March 2004 by a group of Senate employees to create a non-partisan organization focused on the professional development and networking of LGBTQ staff to bring visibility and promote a more positive environment for LGBTQ staff in the U.S. Senate.

The Senators who joined Baldwin in introducing this resolution are: Patty Murray (WA), Ed Markey (MA), Bob Menendez (NJ) Tim Kaine (VA), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Bernie Sanders (VT), Michael Bennet (CO), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Martin Heinrich (NM), Dick Durbin (IL), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Tammy Duckworth (IL), and Kamala Harris (CA).