Herbert Kohl

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U.S. Senator

Herbert Kohl




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Special Committee on Aging
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the WI-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Herbert H. Kohl, a Democrat, has been a Senator from Wisconsin since 1988.


Record and controversies

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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME 100 - 7/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 0 - 0/9 0 - 0/9
Information Technology Industry Council 100 - 5/5 100 - 5/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 100 - 11/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 45 - 5/11 not avail.

Iraq War

Kohl voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

During the debate over a FY2003 supplemental appropriation for the war in Iraq, Kohl offered an amendment (S.AMDT.455) providing $600 million for food assistance to Iraqi citizens. Supporters, which included all Democrats and nearly half of Senate Republicans, argued that the humanitarian assistance was necessary as a result of attacks on Iraq's infrastructure and the social chaos which followed the U.S. invasion. The amendment passed in a 67-26 vote.

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion
For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Kohl was born February 7, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1958. He served in the United States Army Reserves between 1958 and 1964. He served as the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party between 1975 and 1977. He has served in the Senate since 1988, and was reelected in 1994 and 2000.

Before his election to the Senate, Kohl helped build his family-owned business, Kohl's grocery and department stores. He served as president from 1970 through the sale of the corporation in 1979. In 1985 he bought the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. Kohl is one of the nation's wealthiest politicians. Conservative estimates put his wealth at $111 million, while he could be worth more than $250 million. This has inspired his use of the catchphrase "Nobody's Senator but yours" on campaign commercials.

2006 elections

Kohl retained his seat, defeating Republican Robert Lorge and Green Party candidate Rae Vogeler.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • Senate Special Committee on Aging - Chairman
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • Senate Special Committee on Aging - Ranking Minority Member
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development and Related Agencies - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Interior
    • Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Treasury the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
    • Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Herbert Kohl. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-5653 Fax: 202-224-9787
    Webform email
District offices
  • 4321 West College Avenue, Suite 235, Appleton, WI 54914
    Ph: 920-738-1640 Fax: (none entered)
  • 402 Graham Avenue, Suite 206, Eau Claire, WI 54701
    Ph: 715-832-8424 Fax: (none entered)
  • 425 State Street, Suite 202, LaCrosse, WI 54601
    Ph: 608-796-0045 Fax: (none entered)
  • 14 West Miffin Street, Suite 207, Madison, WI 53703
    Ph: 608-264-5338 Fax: (none entered)
  • 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 950, Milwaukee, WI 53203
    Ph: 800-247-5645 Fax: (none entered)
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