- yea for campaign finance reform;
- yea for increasing the minimum wage;
- nay for the partial/birth abortion ban;
- yea for the Chemical Weapons Convention; it prohibits development, production, stockpiling, and use of these weapons; it also mandates their destruction;
- yea for family tax relief;
- yea for aiding higher education programs;
- nay for banning Cuban travel;
- nay for confirming John Ashcroft;
- yea for a patients' bill of rights; and
- nay for No Child Left Behind.
His book titled "The Conscience of a Liberal : Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda" explained his passion for economic and social justice.
In 2002, he ran for a third term. Doing so reneged on a pledge to serve two and leave. He had unfinished business on his mind. He also faced long knives wanting him gone.
Big money was marshaled against him. An aide to his Republican opponent, Norm Coleman, said, "There are people in the (George W. Bush) White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone. This one is political and personal for them."
Polls showed him ahead. Reelection looked likely. Potentially controlling the Senate was at stake. Eleven days before November 5, he tragically died on route to a funeral and campaign event in rural Minnesota.