· Serving in 19th full term in U.S. House. First elected in 1969 at age 30 in a special election to succeed Melvin R. Laird, President Richard Nixon’s first defense secretary.
· Represents Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District which includes Wausau, Superior, and Stevens Point
Appropriations chairman (also chairman of its Labor-Health & Human Services-Education subcmte., Select Intelligence Oversight)
· Wisconsin Assembly, 1963-69. First elected to state House at age 24 & served for three terms representing Marathon County. He rose to the position of Assistant Democratic Leader.
· University of Wisconsin campus coordinator for 1960 presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey.
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. 1960 (political science), M.A. 1962 (political science). Did his graduate work in Soviet politics under a National Defense Education Act three-year scholarship.
Born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Grew up in a Republican family in Wausau, Wisconsin. Married to Joan Obey. They have 2 sons.
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