His voice is silenced…forever.  Paul Wellstone, together with his wife Sheila and daughter, Marcia, died today, October 25, 2002 in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota on his way to the funeral of a friend’s father.

Paul Wellstone was the champion of those without a voice – the unemployed, homeless people, senior citizens, veterans, domestic abuse victims and children.  He was an outstanding orator who infused enthusiasm into any audience he addressed.  He was the best friend that AFSCME had in the United States Senate and supported us and the issues that affected working families.  He was passionate about representing the people of Minnesota.

His family was always the most important part of his life.  For those of us who had the opportunity to work with Paul, it was no surprise that Sheila, his wife of 39 years and his daughter, Marcia were at his side.  They were truly a couple who epitomized a partnership in every sense of the word.  They were inseparable and discussed every decision that Paul faced.  Sheila’s legacy will certainly be her commitment to the victims of domestic abuse.  She was a strong advocate for their cause and lobbied for them while in Washington.

His voice is now silenced.  Let us not forget Paul’s legacy.  Look to the future.  Work for change.  Represent those who have no voice.  Do not falter.  There is much to be done.

Thank you Paul and Sheila for your commitment to all the people of Minnesota.  You will be missed.   (WEB Editor)

"The moral test of government is how we treat those who are in the dawn of life, children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."  Paul Wellstone




AFSCME Local 34 donated $500.00 to the Central Labor Union food shelf in memory of Senator Paul Wellstone.