David Ross "Dave" Obey (pronounced /ˈoʊbi/, OH-bee; born October 3, 1938) is a Wisconsin politician. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1969, representing Wisconsin's 7th congressional district (map). The district includes much of the northwestern portion of the state, including Wausau and Superior.
On May 5, 2010, Obey announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress in November 2010.
Obey was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the son of Mary Jane (née Chellis) and Orville John Obey. Soon after his birth, his family moved back to his parents' native Wisconsin, and Obey was raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he has lived since. He graduated from Wausau East High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from and did his graduate work in Soviet politics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before serving in Congress, Obey worked as a real estate broker.