A private memorial service is being planned sometime next week for former Wisconsin Senator Bill Proxmire, who died Thursday at the age of 90.
His son Douglas Proxmire says the private service will be held at his father's childhood hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois. Memorial services will be held later in Madison and Washington.
Proxmire, a Democrat, was known as a watchdog on government spending while serving in the Senate from his election in 1957 until 1988. He also was known for his refusal to accept campaign donations, instead relying on such tactics as returning to the state each weekend to shake hands with the public at big events. His 1982 reelection campaign cost him only $145.00 for gasoline to travel around the state.
Proxmire suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died at a convalescent home in Sykesville, Maryland.
Governor Jim Doyle ordered state flags flown at half-staff in Proxmire's memory.