Some biographical information about Minnesota Democrat Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash Friday with his wife and daughter:


Bachelor's degree, University of North Carolina, 1965; doctorate in political science, University of North Carolina, 1969.


Political science professor, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., 1969-90. U.S. senator, 1991-2002.


Married Sheila Ison in 1963. Three children, David, Marcia and Mark; six grandchildren.


Born to Russian immigrants Leon and Minnie Wellstone, raised in Arlington, Va.

Political Background

In 1990, launched longshot bid for Senate, touring Minnesota in rickety old green bus that became synonymous with his campaign. Scored stunning defeat of Republican Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. Afterward, left-leaning Mother Jones magazine called him "the first 1960s radical elected to the U.S. Senate." Wellstone had been in tough race for third term against former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman.