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Dean Barkley on Principles & Values

Independent Senate challenger


Appointed by Gov. Ventura to fill Paul Wellstone vacancy

BARKLEY, Dean, a Senator from Minnesota; born August 31, 1950; founder and chair, Minnesota Reform Party, later Minnesota Independence Party; unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1992; unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate in 1994 and 1996; appointed on November 4, 2002, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Paul D. Wellstone; took the oath of office in Minnesota on November 5, 2002, and served until January 3, 2003
Source: United States Congress biographical guide Jul 19, 2008

Minute by minute, most effective senator in history

Dean Barkley readily acknowledges he's no Jesse Ventura. But he made a Ventura-sized claim on his brand-new campaign website that proclaimed him "The Most Effective Senator in Minnesota History." Really, Dean? And those guys Humphrey and Mondale--just chopped liver?

"I agree, we're going to tone that down a bit," Barkley said, adding that he had laid eyes on the website himself only a short time before. Barkley said the slogan was lifted from a Ventura quote issued Tuesday, when Barkley filed to run for the Senate: "Measured minute by minute," Ventura said, "Dean Barkley is the most effective senator in Minnesota history."

Barkley served two months in the Senate--Nov. 5, 2002, to Jan. 3, 2003--when Ventura appointed him to fill the unexpired term of Paul Wellstone, who was killed in a plane crash in late October. During that period, the Senate was in session for only eight days, giving Barkley little time to work. But he pointed out that he played key roles on three important matters.

Source: Kevin Duchschere in Star Tribune Jul 16, 2008

Lifetime privileges-but no pension-from brief Senate career

Q: What is next? Are you going to write your memoirs on your Senate career?

A: Actually, what's next is I've got to go back to Minnesota and open up a Minnesota office. I opened up the Washington office in about four days.

Q: Do you expect when you leave the Senate by the end of the year?

A: January, I think it is the third.

Q: Now, will you get a government pension for that?

A: No. You need to be here five years before a pension.

Q: OK, but will you have lifetime privileges to go on the Senate floor? Even if you're a lobbyist?

A: Even if you're there just one day.

Q: Now, is that your plan, to come back as a lobbyist and lobby these guys?

A: No, I plan on going back to Minnesota and finding a job when I'm done with this because my job with the Ventura administration is done January 7. So I'll be a private sector citizen again.

Source: Interview on Crossfire with Paul Begala and Robert Novak Nov 18, 2002

Created Paul Wellstone Center for Community Building

S. 3156: To provide a grant for the construction of a new community center in St. Paul, Minnesota, in honor of the late Sen. Wellstone and his beloved wife, Sheila.
Source: Bill S 3156, Library of Congress in 107th Congress Nov 14, 2002

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