Washington – Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement on House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey’s decision to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after 40 years of service:
“For over 40 years Chairman Obey has been a strong voice and advocate for the people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Chairman Obey’s dedication to education, job creation, economic prosperity and health care has and will continue to benefit Americans for generations to come.
“>From his first day in Congress Chairman Obey’s commitment to ethics and reform have led to fundamental and important changes in how Congress works. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Dave Obey has been a powerful advocate for the middle class, using this role to fight for all Americans. Chairman Obey will leave Congress after ushering in monumental legislation including health insurance reform- a key cornerstone of his esteemed career.
“Chairman Obey has been a tireless champion for the people of Wisconsin. The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District will no doubt miss his powerful voice. But I am confident that this November a Democrat will be elected to continue the tremendous work Chairman Obey began.
“On behalf of the Democratic National Committee I want to thank Chairman Obey for his exceptional 40 years of service and wish him and his family the very best. America is a stronger and more prosperous nation because of him.”