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David Obey to visit Vilas Hall; seats available for TV taping

October 6, 2010 By Susannah Brooks

On the eve of his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman David Obey will join an audience of UW–Madison students and friends for a taping of Wisconsin Reflections, airing on the Big Ten Network.

Persons interested in joining the audience for this historic visit are invited to the taping on Monday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Wisconsin Public Television studios, 2nd floor, Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.

Obey, a Democrat representing northwest Wisconsin’s 7th District, is one of the most respected politicians in Wisconsin history — and its longest-serving federal legislator. The third most senior member of the House, he chairs the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful political forces in the country. This dual-degree Badger (BS 1960, MA 1963) has protected and preserved funding for higher education and financial aid while “raising hell for justice” to assist Wisconsin residents — and all Americans — whose needs might otherwise go unmet. His principles and commitment to getting things done have brought national respect over his 42-year career in Congress.

The time commitment will be roughly 90 minutes, including a question-and-answer period.

If you would like to be a part of the audience, send an e-mail to