Nixon Enemies List entry for
|List and position:||First, #10|
|Name as originally listed:||William Proxmire|
|Vitals:||11/11/1915 - 12/15/2005|
|Lists with duplicates of this person:||2|
- Senator from Wisconsin 1957-1989, always winning easily with up to 73% of the vote
- became Senator in a special election after Joseph McCarthy's death
- got started in politics as a state senator 1951-52 and then lost several races for governor
- did counterintelligence work as a private in the Army during WW II
- outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and wasteful military spending, but not anti-military
- most famous for his monthly Golden Fleece Award, which he used to highlight what he saw as frivolous government spending
- He overdid the award thing at least once, in 1976 when he had to settle a libel suit from a scientist studying aggressiveness in monkey.
- His opposition to spending bills was part of a "maverick" independent streak that annoyed party leaders on both sides.
- was known for his marathon filibusters, including one opposing the raising of the debt ceiling
- He supported dairy price supports which might seem hypocritical, but he was Senator from Wisconsin, America's Dairyland.
- born to a well-to-do family in Illinois, moving to Wisconsin for a newspaper job from which he was fired for his labor activities and impertinence
- married a great-great-niece of John D. Rockefeller, but divorced and remarried 9 years later
- known as a fitness enthusiast, jogging to the Capitol building and writing two books on health
- wrote at least four books on wasteful government spending
- a bit vain for a senator, getting hair transplants and a facelift
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