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William Proxmire

Ethics in Government

About William Proxmire

William Proxmire served as the U. S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989. He was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and the ranking minority member of the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Known for his war on government waste, he gained national recognition for his Golden Fleece Awards, which were bestowed on federal agencies that he judged to be overspending American tax dollars. He has written five books, including Uncle Sam: Last of the Big Time Spenders and The Fleecing of America.


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