I only met Paul Wellstone a few times, but I always thought of him as my Senator. He died before I made a career choice, but his dedicated friends and colleagues have since become some of my most valuable mentors. They've inspired me to believe that I can make an impact. In turn, I hope to inspire others. I like to think that Paul Wellstone would be pleased by this. People whom he never met are carrying on the work that was his passion. I, and so many others, would not be doing the work we're doing today without having Paul Wellstone as an influence.