Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin will address the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Thursday.

The 50-year-old Baldwin would become the first openly gay U.S. senator if she captures the seat being vacated by Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl. Her Republican rival, Tommy Thompson, is a former governor of Wisconsin.

Baldwin has been given a prime speaking slot: on the convention's final evening and in the same stadium where President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination.

“We've seen Paul Ryan and Scott Walker on the national stage. I'm going to talk about the Wisconsin I know,” Baldwin told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “We've increasingly seen wealthy, powerful interests gain power in Washington and, frankly, in Madison, and write their own set of rules. Hardworking families deserve a shot.”

Last month, LPAC, the political action committee formed earlier this year to support candidates and causes that appeal to lesbian voters, named Baldwin as its first endorsement.

However, gay GOP group GOProud endorsed Thompson, knocking Baldwin as being a “rubber stamp for the disastrous big government policies of the far left.”