He represented Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District for 42 years and now his legacy is being shared with the people of Wisconsin at the Dave Obey Civic Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.
The center opened on Wednesday with dozens of special guests from the state and national level. It was a particularly special opening as the center is located on the campus that Dave Obey began his college career.
"It was the lowest-cost place that I could find. And it was a great education with great teachers, I gained a lot of confidence and I also learned a lot about myself," said Obey.
"A man from Wausau, a boy from Wausau high school wound up being someone who is one of the most powerful people in the Congress," said Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service Member Christine Bremer Muggli, "and he did that just through hard work and belief in the process."
That's exactly what the center's mission is, passing on his legacy and experience so future generation can learn.
"I know a lot of young people are turned off on politics," said Obey. "They cannot afford to be. Politics is going to decide their future whether they like it or not. They need to get interested in it. They need to learn how to get involved and that they can make a difference."
It's clear he made difference as members from both political parties and from long distances came to celebrate his opening.
"We served together for 25 years plus and we didn't always agree, but we did agree from time to time on things especially affecting our state of Wisconsin," said Wisconsin's Republican 6th Congressional District Representative Tom Petri.
"There is no one that I am more proud to be able to help honor than Dave Obey. He was the consummate members member, someone who understood that nurturing the next generation of legislature was going to be good for the country," said Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida's 23rd Congressional District and the Democratic National Committee Chair.
Obey said in his speech he hopes at least one student gets mad enough to go out and change what makes them mad.
There are some upcoming activities planned for the center including:
- Civic Participation Lecture Series
- Youth Civic Participation Program
- Public Scholarship and Research
- Washington Seminar
- Student Civic Leadership Program
- Political History Project
- Civics Teaching Alliance.
You can find more information on the U.W. Marathon County website at http://uwmc.uwc.edu/.
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