Paul David Wellstone was an American Democrat politician, academic, and author who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until he was killed in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota, on October 25, 2002.
Born July 21, 1944 in Washington D.C., Wellstone was a professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a community organizer in Rice County prior to entering public office. Wellstone gained national attention after his upset victory over Republican incumbent Rudy Boschwitz in the 1990 US Senate election. In his 1996 reelection campaign, he defeated Boschwitz in a rematch. As a member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wellstone was a vocal leader of the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party.
November 21, 1997 - Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone joins Midday to talk about his "Poverty Tour" which concluded this week, and his possible campaign for President. He'll also answer listener questions about issues before Congress.
May 29, 1998 - Senator Paul Wellstone is definitely campaigning for health care reform and possibly for President. Wellstone has introduced a bill in the Senate that would provide health coverage for all Americans. He has been traveling around the country talking about his proposal.
April 2, 2001 - Paul Wellstone is voting for the campaign finance bill because it will get rid of the soft money. The main problem is that it takes the cap off of the hard money budget.
April 19, 2001 - Father John Kyzer died when he was in Kenya. The Kenyan government claimed that it was a suicide, but Wellstone pushes that it was an assassination because there is a lot of proof that supports that case.
October 28, 2002 - Many of those mourning the loss of Senator Paul Wellstone say they hope his political legacy will live on. Wellstone died in a plane crash Friday along with his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia, three campaign workers and two pilots. Minnesota Public Radio's Marisa Helms reports.
October 21, 2003 - In the days after Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone's death a year ago, politicians from across the political spectrum said they would help build a memorial to him at a St. Paul community center. Congress appropriated nearly nine-million dollars to build the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building on the site of Neighborhood House on St. Paul's west side. Neighborhood House officials are still raising money to build the center, and the people who will use it say Wellstone's legacy will live on there. Minnesota Public Radio's Laura McCallum reports...
April 28, 2006 - Immigrants and immigration reform are hot topics at the state Capitol and in Washington. And also at Neighborhood House, a St. Paul community center providing services for the growing numbers of immigrants and refugees in the metro area. The origins of Neighborhood House go back more than a hundred years. This weekend, Neighborhood House celebrates the grand opening of its new building in St. Paul, which is named after Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Minnesota Public Radio's Marisa Helms has this report on Neighborhood House and its ties to the Wellstones.