1938 – Born on the 3rd of October in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
1963 – He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.
1969 – He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives.
– He was elected to the House to replace eight-term incumbent Melvin R. Laird.
1970 – He was elected to a full term and has been reelected 18 times.
1994 – He is the longest-serving member of either house of Congress in Wisconsin’s history.
– He is the third-longest serving member of the House, after fellow Democrats John Dingell and John Conyers.
1995 – He briefly chaired this committee and served as its ranking Democrat.
– He also chairs its Subcommittee on Labor.
2007 – He arguing with proponents of defunding the Iraq War about their position on how to end the war.