WAUSAU (WAOW) - Whoever steps into the 7th Congressional District seat vacated by Dave Obey will replace a person who brought tremendous attention to our area of the country.
UW-Marathon County political science professor Eric Giordano says we have that focus based, in part, on Obey's longevity.
Giordano: "We're going to be missing a huge amount of clout now that Obey is stepping down. I don't think we'll see somebody of this stature, perhaps in our lifetime, who served this long and had this much influence in one area. I mean he really has given central and northern Wisconsin a national place."