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Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.)

District: 7th District
Political Highlights: Wis. Assembly, 1963-69; U.S. House, 1969-2011
Born: Oct. 3, 1938; Okmulgee, Okla.
Residence: Wausau
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Joan Obey; two children
Education: U. of Wisconsin, B.S. 1960; U. of Wisconsin, M.A. 1962
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1969 (20th full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Labor-HHS-Education - Chairman; Select Intelligence Oversight)

Election History
2008generalDavid Obey (D) 212,66660.8
Daniel Mielke (R) 136,93839.1
2006generalDavid Obey (D) 161,90362.2
Nick Reid (R) 91,06935.0
Mike Miles (WG) 7,3912.8
2004generalDavid Obey (D) 241,30685.7
Mike Miles (WG) 26,5189.4
Larry Oftedahl (CNSTP) 12,8414.6
2002generalDavid Obey (D) 146,36464.2
Joe Rothbauer (R) 81,51835.8
2000generalDavid Obey (D) 173,00763.3
Sean Cronin (R) 100,26436.7
1998generalDavid Obey (D) 115,61360.6
Scott West (R) 75,04939.3
1996generalDavid Obey (D) 137,42857.0
Scott West (R) 103,36542.9
1994generalDavid Obey (D) 97,18454.3
Scott West (R) 81,70645.7
1992generalDavid Obey (D) 166,20064.4
Dale Vannes (R) 91,77235.6
1990generalDavid Obey (D) 100,06962.0
John McEwen (R) 60,96138.0
1988generalDavid Obey (D) 142,19762.0
Kevin Hermening (R) 86,07737.0
1986generalDavid Obey (D) 106,70062.0
Kevin Hermening (R) 63,40837.0
1984generalDavid Obey (D) 146,13161.0
1982generalDavid Obey (D) 122,12468.0
1980generalDavid Obey (D) 164,34065.0
1978generalDavid Obey (D) 110,87462.0
1976generalDavid Obey (D) 171,36673.0
1974generalDavid Obey (D) 104,46871.0
1972generalDavid Obey (D) 135,38563.0
1970generalDavid Obey (D) 88,74668.0
1969specialDavid Obey (D) 63,56752.0
Roll Call Vitals


Wisconsin is 29th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. David R. Obey has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.