Madison (Press Release)—State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement today in response to the announcement of Congressman Dave Obey that he will not seek re-election to represent Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.
"Wisconsin has had a great champion in Congressman Obey. For more than four decades, Dave Obey has been a forceful and effective voice for his district and the entire state. His role in bringing much-needed federal resources to the state, creating and saving tens of thousands of Wisconsin jobs, is just the latest example of the way his work has shaped our state and nation. His stalwart leadership on ethics reform, education, health care and the environment will be his enduring legacy. In every endeavor, Dave demonstrated the kind of courage, candor, and tenacity that exemplify the character of the people he represents. On a personal level, Dave's advice, support, and assistance have always been important to me. Though I will miss his leadership in Congress, I look forward to valuing his friendship for many years to come."