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Obey retired at the end of the 111th Congress.

Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.)

  • District: 7th District, Northwest -- Wausau, Superior, Stevens Point
  • Residence: Wausau
  • Born: October 3, 1938; Okmulgee, Okla.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Joan Obey; two children
  • Education: U. of Wisconsin, B.S. 1960 (political science); U. of Wisconsin, M.A. 1962 (political science)
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Wis. Assembly, 1963-69; U.S. House, 1969-2011
  • Elected: Elected: 1969 (20th full term)
  • Committee Assignments: Appropriations - Chairman (Labor-HHS-Education - Chairman; Select Intelligence Oversight)
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State Information: 7th District, Northwest -- Wausau, Superior, Stevens Point

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Sean Duffy (R) 132,551 52.1%
Julie Lassa (D) 113,018 44.4%
Gary Kauther (I) 8,397 3.3%
2008 general David Obey (D) 212,666 60.8%
Daniel Mielke (R) 136,938 39.1%
2006 general David Obey (D) 161,903 62.2%
Nick Reid (R) 91,069 35%
Mike Miles (WG) 7,391 2.8%
2004 general David Obey (D) 241,306 85.6%
Mike Miles (WG) 26,518 9.4%
Larry Oftedahl (CNSTP) 12,841 4.6%
2002 general David Obey (D) 146,364 64.2%
Joe Rothbauer (R) 81,518 35.8%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 56% John McCain: 42%
2004 John Kerry: 50% George W. Bush: 49%
2000 Al Gore: 48% George W. Bush: 47%

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