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PAUL DAVID WELLSTONE (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) | In Memoriam


“I represent the democratic wing of the Democratic party.”
— Paul Wellstone (during his 2000 presidential exploratory campaign)  

10th Anniversary


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(top) Minnesota Senator Paul Welstone; (below) Paul and Sheila Wellstone

•  Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was a two-term U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College. Wellstone was a progressive and a leading spokesman for the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party. He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash, 11 days before the 2002 U.S. Senate election in which he was running for a third term. His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co-chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group

•  … Wellstone was known for his work for peace, the environment, labor, and health care; he also joined his wife Sheila to support the rights of victims of domestic violence. He made the issue of mental illness a central focus in his career.[10] He was a supporter of immigration to the U.S.[11] He opposed the first Gulf War in 1991 and, in the months before his death, spoke out against the government’s threats to go to war with Iraq again. He was strongly supported by groups such as Americans for Democratic Action, the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the American Civil Liberties Union, and People for the American Way.

— Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Wellstone’s passion recalled 10 years after his death | AP, Duluth News Tribune; October 26, 2012

Paul Wellstone, 58, Icon of Liberalism in Senate, Dies | David E. Rosenbaum, NY Times; October 26, 200



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