07/23/2010 01:38 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

David Obey: How The House Has Changed Over 40 Years

Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) came to Congress in the spring of 1969 after winning a special election to succeed Republican Melvin Laird, who had left the House to become President Richard Nixon's defense secretary. At the end of this year, Obey will retire, and as a bookend of sorts for this magazine devoted to new faces, POLITICO asked Obey to talk about what changes he's seen in Washington's culture.

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