|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin|
|January 3, 1989-2013|
|Wisconsin State Democratic Party chairman|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|First elected||November 8, 1988|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Master's||Harvard School of Business Administration|
|Service/branch||United States Army Reserves|
|Years of service||1958-1964|
|Birthday||February 7, 1935|
|Place of birth||Milwaukee, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
After earning his bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin, Kohl earned his M.B.A. from Harvard. He helped build his family-owned Kohl Corporation and was president from 1970 to 1979. He also owned the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.
- 1989-2013: U.S senator from Wisconsin
- 1975-1977: Wisconsin State Democratic Party chairman
Kohl was a member of the following Senate committees:
- Appropriations Committee
- Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Banking Committee
- Special Committee on Aging Chairman
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Kohl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1989-2013. In 2009, Senator Kohl was named Vice Chairman of the Committee when the late Edward Kennedy stepped down and long time Senate Judiciary Committee member Joe Biden was elected Vice President of the United States. Before his promotion to Vice-Chairman, Senator Kohl rated fourth in seniority on the committee.
Senator Kohl was also the Chairman on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.
Sirius/XM Merger deal
Senator Kohl was a vocal critic of the merger of satellite radio giants Sirius and XM in 2007. The Senator was opposed to the merger, claiming that satellite radio was its own market and not part of a larger entertainment market. The senator rebutted claims from industry executives who believe that satellite radio's place in the market is not a stand alone market. Satellite radio executives claimed that if no merger happened, no new satellite radio technologies could be spearheaded.
Kohl argued that since there is no substitute product for satellite radio customers would be subject to sharp price increases should the merger occur. In 2007, the Senator pressed the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Justice to investigate the merger deal on possible antitrust violations.
Kohl voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On November 7, 2006, Kohl won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Robert Gerald Lorge (R), Ben J. Glatzel (I), and Rae Vogeler (Green).
Kohl won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Kohl's campaign committee raised a total of $6,089,212 and spent $5,998,097.
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2006 - Herb Kohl Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$114,139|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$102,351|
|Top contributors to Herb Kohl's campaign committee|
|Herb Kohl for US Senate||$7,228|
|RE Loewenberg Capital Management||$4,200|
|American Academy of Nurse Practitioners||$500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$1,000|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kohl paid his congressional staff a total of $2,658,967 in 2011. He ranked 23rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 60th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranked 24th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kohl's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $88,228,026 and $258,847,994. That averages to $173,538,010, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kohl ranked 36th in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kohl has voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 35 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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- Huffington Post "Wisconsin Senate Race Heats Up Amid Scott Walker Recall Effort," Accessed February 18, 2012
- Gov Track "Herbert Kohl," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 17, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Herbert H. Kohl," Accessed October 17, 2011
- "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members (See 101st to 109th Congresses of the US)
- "Orbicast" Senator Herb Kohl opposed Sirius-XM merger, May 24, 2007
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets "Herb Kohl 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
- LegiStorm "Herb Kohl"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Kohl, (D-Wisconsin), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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Tammy Baldwin (D)