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Paul Wellstone (D)
Senior Senator from Minnesota

Elected: 1990 (2nd term)
Hometown: St. Paul
Born: July 21, 1944; Washington, D.C.
Religion: Jewish
Family: Wife, Sheila Ison Wellstone; three children
Education: U. of North Carolina, B.A. 1965; Ph.D. 1969
Career: Professor
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Minn. auditor, 1982; Democratic National Committee, 1984-91; U.S. Senate, 1991-present
Committees: Foreign Relations ( European Affairs; International Economic Policy, Export & Trade Promotion; Near Eastern & South Asian Affairs - ranking member); Indian Affairs; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions ( Children & Families; Employment, Safety & Training - ranking member); Small Business; Veterans' Affairs
Address: 136 Hart Senate Office Building, Constitution Ave. and Second St., N.E., Washington, DC, 20510-2303
Phone: (202) 224-5641
Fax: (202) 224-8438
E-mail: senator@wellstone.senate.gov
Web site: wellstone.senate.gov

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated: February 28, 2001). To suggest updates and corrections: politics.feedback@cq.com


Record and Rankings
RECORD AND RANKINGS

CQ Voting Studies are an annual analysis of a member's support or opposition to a given position. Interest Group Ratings are based on rankings from groups chosen to represent liberal, conservative, business and labor viewpoints.Voting Participation scores are based on the number of times a member voted "yea" or "nay" on roll call votes (not including quorum calls in the House).

CQ Vote Studies
Year Presidential
Support
Party
Unity
  S* O* S O
1998 85% 13% 98% 1%
1997 83 17 91 4
1996 85 15 92 8
1995 88 12 95 5
1994 81 18 94 6
1993 91 8 94 5
1992 23 75 92 5
1991 22 75 91 5
S=Support; O=Oppose

Voting Participation
Year %
1998 97
1997 96
1996 100
1995 99
1994 98
1993 99
1992 96
1991 98
Interest Groups
Year ADA AFL-CIO CCUS ACU
1998 100% n/a 22% 4 %
1997 100 100 10 4
1996 95 100 31 5
1995 100 100 32 4
1994 100 100 10 4
1993 100 82 10 4
1992 100 92 10 0
1991 95 83 20 5

Note on Interest Groups: ADA=Americans for Democratic Action; AFL-CIO=American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; CCUS=Chamber of Commerce of the United States; ACU=American Conservative Union

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999) AT A GLANCE
AT A GLANCE

State Legislature | Urban Statistics | Registered Voters | U.S. Congress | Term Limits | Elections | Population | Miscellaneous

State Legislature
Legislature: Meets odd years January-May; even years, February-April
House of Representatives: 134 members, 2-year terms
1999 breakdown: 71R, 63D; 99 men, 35 women
Salary: $31,140
Phone: (651) 296-2146
Senate: 67 members, 4-year terms
1999 breakdown: 24R, 42D, 1I; 43 men, 22 women
Salary: $31,140
Phone: (651) 296-0504

Urban Statistics
Minneapolis: Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton (D), Population 358,785
St. Paul: Mayor Norm Coleman (R), Population 259,606
Bloomington: Mayor Coral Houle, (R), Population 86,664
Duluth: Mayor Gary Doty N-P, Population 83,699
Rochester: Mayor Chuck Canfield, N-P, Population 75,638

Registered Voters
Voters do not register by party.

U.S. Congress
Senate: 1 D, 1 R
House: 6 D, 2 R

Term Limits
For state offices: No

Elections
1996 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 51%, Bob Dole 35%, Ross Perot 12%
1992 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 43%, George Bush 32%, Ross Perot 24%
1988 Presidential Vote:
Michael S. Dukakis 53%, George Bush 46%

Population
1998 population (est.): 4,657,758
1990 population: 4,375,099
1980 population: 4,075,970
Percent change 1980-90: +7%
Rank among states (1998): 20
White: 94%
Black: 3%
Asian or Pacific islander: 2%
American Indian or Eskimo: 1%
Hispanic origin: 2%
Urban: 70%
Rural: 30%
Born in state: 74%
Foreign-born: 3%
Under age 18: 1,250,685 (27%)
Ages 18-64: 2,857,120 (61%)
65 and older: 577,744 (12%)
Median age: 34.9

Miscellaneous
Web: www.state.mn.us
Capital: St. Paul
Median household income: $42,248 (1997)
   Rank among states: 6
Total area: 86,943 sq. miles
   Rank among states: 12

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999)


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