Paul Wellstone, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Paul Wellstone

American politician

Date of Birth: 21-Jul-1944

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

Date of Death: 25-Oct-2002

Profession: politician, political scientist, university teacher

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Paul Wellstone

  • Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American academic, author, and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until he was killed in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota, in 2002.
  • A member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wellstone was a leader of the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party. Born in Washington D.C., Wellstone graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A.
  • and Ph.D.
  • in Political Science.
  • He was a professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a community organizer in Rice County prior to entering public office.
  • In 1982, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for State Auditor against Republican Arne Carlson. Wellstone gained national attention after his upset victory over Republican incumbent Rudy Boschwitz in the 1990 US Senate election.
  • Widely considered an underdog and outspent by a 7-to-1 margin, he was the only Democratic candidate to defeat a Republican senator in the 1990 election season.
  • In his 1996 reelection campaign, he defeated Boschwitz in a rematch.
  • He won both Senate elections with a majority of the popular vote. In 1999, Wellstone formed an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States in the 2000 election.
  • After campaigning in the early primary states, he announced he would not seek the presidency because of sustained physical limitations from a college wrestling injury.
  • His condition was later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.
  • As Senator, Wellstone authored the Wellstone Amendment for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
  • His efforts toward campaign finance reform were posthumously overturned in 2010 by the U.S.
  • Supreme Court in Citizens United v.
  • Federal Election Commission.
  • In 2002, he was the only Senator facing reelection to vote against the congressional authorization for the Iraq War.Eleven days before the 2002 U.S.
  • Senate election, Wellstone died in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota.
  • His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died on board.
  • Wellstone's sons, David and Mark, were not on the flight, and until 2018 co-chaired the Wellstone Action nonprofit organization in honor of their parents.
  • The organization was subsequently renamed Re:Power after their departure.

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