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Herb Kohl
Herb Kohl.jpg
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
Retired Senator
In office
January 3, 1989-2013
Wisconsin State Democratic Party chairman
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Master'sHarvard School of Business Administration
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1958-1964
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1935
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Office website
Herbert H. "Herb" Kohl (b. February 7, 1935) was a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wisconsin. Kohl served in the Senate from 1988-2013. He did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kohl was a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


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.[3] He also owned the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.[4]


  • 1989-2013: U.S senator from Wisconsin
  • 1975-1977: Wisconsin State Democratic Party chairman

Committee assignments


Kohl was a member of the following Senate committees[3]:


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. [5]

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. [6]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]



See also: United States Senate elections in Wisconsin, 2012

Kohl did not seek re-election in 2012. Rep. Tammy Baldwin defeated Tommy Thompson (R), Nimrod Allen III (I), and Joseph Kexel (L) in the general election.


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).[8]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Kohl Incumbent 67.3% 1,439,214
     Republican Robert Gerald Lorge 29.5% 630,299
     Independent Ben J. Glatzel 1.2% 25,096
     Green Rae Vogeler 2% 42,434
     None Scattering 0.1% 1,254
Total Votes 2,138,297

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Kohl's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

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.[9]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 he 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.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[11]

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.[12]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Kohl voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 35 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[13]

Recent news

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Proxmire
U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Tammy Baldwin (D)