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Wis. congresswoman separates from longtime partne

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  MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and her partner of nearly 15 years are separating.

   Baldwin, a Madison Democrat and first open lesbian elected to Congress, issued a statement through her office Friday saying she and Lauren Azar are terminating their domestic partnership.

   They were among the first to sign up for Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry for same-sex couples last year.

   Azar is a member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities. She was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle in 2007.

   The statement said Baldwin and Azar would have no more comment about the private matter.

   Baldwin, 48, was first elected to Congress in 1998.

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