|United States Senator
August 28, 1957 â€“ January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Joseph McCarthy|
|Succeeded by||Herb Kohl|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Born||Edward William Proxmire
(1915-11-11)November 11, 1915
Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 15, 2005(2005-12-15) (aged 90)
Sykesville, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elsie Rockefeller (1946â€“1955; divorced)
Ellen Hodges Sawall (1956â€“2005; his death)
|Religion||United Church of Christ|
Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
He knows the tax code as thoroughly as the pope knows the Lord’s Prayer.
The last few years have been my happiest. I’m happy in the years that most people are blue and sad and waiting to die. I don’t feel that a bit. Smiling has a lot to do with it. You can just lift your spirits by smiling a little bit.