Elected in 1969, the liberal is a major institutional figure who played a leading role in the anti-war and reform movement of the House in the 1970’s. As the Appropriations chairman, he has been a close Pelosi ally who came up through the same panel before moving into the leadership. And his departure follows on the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this winter, a second Pelosi ally and veteran of the powerful committee. See full story at Politco.
What Obey's Retirement Means - MSNBC
Rep. David Obey - Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District
Rep. David Obey - Open Congress
Retiring Congressman: 'Frankly, I Am Bone Tired' - CNN
Powerful House Chairman Obey to Retire - ABC
David Obey Will Announce He's Not Seeking Re-election - Fox
Obey Announces Retirement; Members Express Shock at News - The Hill
Will this now be an easy win for Sean Duffy who started running against Obey in July 2009?