Campaign 2010

May 05, 2010

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen’s Statement on Chairman Dave Obey’s Decision to Retire


DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Chairman Dave Obey’s decision to retire at the end of the 111th Congress:

"For more than 40 years, Chairman Dave Obey has been a tireless voice for progress on behalf of his constituents in Wisconsin and middle class families across America.


“As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Dave Obey’s priorities have been America’s priorities as he fought to create jobs, invest in education, make health care affordable for the middle class, and protect our environment. His success in writing a new code of ethics for the House of Representatives and ensuring passage of our historic health insurance reforms will stand as Chairman Obey’s proud legacy.


“Chairman Obey would have won re-election again had he run.  We are confident that a Democrat who shares Chairman Obey’s commitment to making progress for Wisconsin’s middle class families will succeed him as the next Representative of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.


“On behalf of the DCCC, I thank Chairman Obey for his 40 years of outstanding service to our country and extend our very best wishes to him, his wife Joan, and the rest of their family.”