Edward William Proxmire was born November 11, 1915 – died December 15, 2005. Proxmire was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989. Proxmire served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1951 to 1952 and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 1952, 1954 and 1956. Proxmire was elected, in a special election on August 28, 1957, to fill the remainder of the term vacated due to the death of Senator Joseph McCarthy, on May 2, 1957. He was reelected in 1958, 1964, 1970, 1976 and 1982. Proxmire served as the Chair of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs from 1975 to 1981 and again from 1987 to 1989. He was an early, outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. He was also head of the campaign to cancel the American supersonic transport. He was an early advocate of campaign finance reform. Proxmire was famous for issuing his Golden Fleece Awards, which identified wasteful government spending between 1975 and 1988. From 1967 until 1986, Proxmire gave daily speeches noting the necessity of ratifying The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. After giving this speech every day that the Senate was in session for 20 years, resulting in 3,211 speeches, the convention was ratified by the U.S. Senate by a vote on 83–11 on February 11, 1986.

Close up view of William Proxmire. Original William Proxmire Autograph, signed on a Typed Letter (signed Bill Proxmire). Congress of the United States Joint Economic Committee Washington, D.C. 20510 Letterhead. Typed on Letter: December 4, 1974 Mr. Roman J. Nakielny 2230 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, Pa. 17201. Dear Mr. Nakielny: I appreciate receiving your thoughts on my recent criticism of the great increase in super grade positions in the federal government. Certainly the points you make are very good and I appreciated your taking the time to let me have you thoughts. But it is really alarming to realize that super grades now comprise 23 percent of Civil Service Jobs. Moreover, in some agencies almost half the white collar workers hold GS 12 or higher positions. Since I have in the past criticized the great increase in admirals and generals in the military, I felt it only fair to call attention to the disproportionate amount of super grades within the Civil Service. Best Wishes. Sincerely, William Proxmire, U.S.S. Approx. Size 8 x 10 3/8 inches. Included Original Envelope not shown. Regular Price – $ 110.00 / Sale Price – $ 48.00.

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