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On the afternoon of December 31 1990 a grimy green bus roars up Constitutional Avenue and makes a stop at Capital Hill Could this be a busload of hippies protesting the views of the government a group of school children on a fieldtrip to see Capital Hill No it is Senator Paul Wellstone On that December afternoon Wellstone made his way to a platform mounted on the back of the bus and spoke I wanted to come to Washington DC in this bus I guess for a lot of different reasons The bus was a symbol of everything thats not slick of everything that isnt big money The bus was our campaign which we took to the people of MinnesotaI said to the students and the young people in Minnesota maybe more times than they ever wanted to hear politics is not money and power games Politics is about the improvement of peoples lives It is about lessening human suffering and it is about-and what a time to say this-advancing the cause of justice and peace in the world That is what politics is about qtd in McGrath Smith That statement truly personifies Wellstone and his accomplishments while senator of Minnesota Paul Wellstones time as a United States senator was marked by devotion to many liberal causes He worked hard for affordable healthcare family leave a higher minimum wage and a better education system a year after his death Paul Wellstones legacy still lives on Paul Wellstone was born on July 21 1944 in Washington DC to Jewish-Russian immigrants He was raised in Arlington Virginia and later attended the University of North Carolina and earned his PhD in political science as well as being a champion wrestler In 1963 he married Sheila Ison whom he later had three children with David Marcia and Mark and later moved to Minnesota in 1969 so Paul could begin teaching political science at Carleton College in Northfield At Carleton
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