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Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American academic and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until he was killed in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota, in 2002. Wellstone gained national attention after his upset victory over Republican incumbent Rudy Boschwitz in the 1990 US Senate election.A member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wellstone was a leader of the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party. C., Wellstone graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B. Widely considered an underdog and outspent by a 7-to-1 margin, he was the only Democratic candidate to defeat a Republican senator in the 1990 election cycle.In his 1996 reelection campaign, he defeated Boschwitz in a rematch.
He founded the Organization for a Better Rice County, a group consisting mainly of single parents on welfare.His efforts toward campaign finance reform were posthumously overturned in 2010 by the U. His father changed the family name from Wexelstein after encountering antisemitism during the 1930s.Wellstone attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) on a wrestling scholarship. In 1982, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for State Auditor against Republican Arne Carlson. He was a professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a community organizer in Rice County prior to entering public office.