WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar took to the Senate floor to honor the memory of Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, and their staff on the 15th anniversary of their passing. Klobuchar highlighted the Wellstones’ dedication to helping those struggling with mental illness and survivors of domestic violence.
“Paul and Sheila were always on the move. They were persistent in their fight against injustices large and small. During his lifetime as an educator, as an activist, and as a United States senator, Paul touched the lives of people throughout Minnesota and across the country. That’s because he stood up for them,” Klobuchar said. “Even years after his death, Paul’s voice was heard loud and clear when we passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008. For Paul, this fight was always a matter of civil rights, of justice, and of basic human decency – and that landmark legislation is one fitting way we honor him.”
Klobuchar continued, “Paul and Sheila accomplished so much together–their commitment to others never wavered–and neither did they. Now, 15 years after we lost them, it is our job to carry on the gift of joy in improving people’s lives that Paul, Sheila, Marcia, and their beloved staff members passed on to everyone they touched.”
For a broadcast-quality video excerpt of Klobuchar’s remarks, click here.