Wisconsin Progressivism is the guiding principle behind
Russ Feingold's work in the U.S. Senate.
During his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, Feingold's political views
were shaped by discussions at the family dinner table and his father's
early involvement in the Progressive Movement. In Janesville's public
schools, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later practicing law
in Madison and serving in the Wisconsin State Senate, Feingold has built
his life in Wisconsin, and today works to honor the state's traditions in
the U.S. Senate.
For Feingold, that means carrying forward the work of great Wisconsin
leaders like Bob La Follette and Gaylord Nelson by supporting Wisconsin's
families -- fighting for better wages and a stronger Social Security
program, and striving for the best in public education and quality health
care for every American. By visiting each of Wisconsin's 72 counties every
year and holding Listening Sessions in every county, Feingold stays in
touch with Wisconsin's communities.
Since 1995, Feingold has spearheaded a national, bipartisan effort, with
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, to clean up our nation's corrupt
campaign finance system. As part of his effort to lessen the influence of
money in Washington, Feingold also led the charge on the successful passage
of the congressional gift ban in 1995.
Feingold also works to protect Wisconsin's environment by protecting our
clean air, the quality of our water, and our public lands. He also
represents Wisconsin on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he
works to make human rights concerns a higher priority on the U.S. foreign
Source: Senator Russell Feingold. U.S. Senate