Wellstone Action

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Wellstone Action
Wellstone Action logo.png
Formation 2002
Purpose grassroots campaign training organization for progressives
Headquarters St. Paul, Minnesota
Executive Director
Edith Sargon
Website www.wellstone.org

Wellstone Action is a 501(c)(4) progressive advocacy organization founded by Jeff Blodgett. Based in Minnesota, it trains community organizers, student activists, campaign staff, progressive candidates and elected officials.[1] The organization is named after Paul Wellstone, a U.S. Senator who died in a plane crash along with his wife Sheila on October 25, 2002. After Wellstone's death, his surviving children and former campaign manager founded the group to carry on Wellstone's populist approach to progressive politics.[2][3]


Tim Walz, elected to represent Minnesota's 1st congressional district in 2006, was the progressive training program’s first successful candidate on the federal level.[4] Mark Ritchie, Minnesota's former Secretary of State, is a Wellstone Action alum.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dreier, Peter (October 12, 2012). "Paul Wellstone's Life and Legacy". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Stone, Gene (2007). The Bush Survival Bible: 250 Ways to Make It Through the Next Four Years Without Misunderestimating the Dangers Ahead, and Other Subliminable Strategeries. Random House Publishing Group. p. 12. ISBN 9780307416964. 
  3. ^ Franken, Al (October 25, 2012). "Paul Wellstone's Legacy, 10 Years Later". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Horrigan, Marie (October 17, 2006). "Minn. Roundup: Walz a Legit Barrier to Gutknecht in 1st District". New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2015.