(1935 - )
Herb Kohl is a Jewish American politician and businessman and a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.
Kohl (born February 7, 1935) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to parents who had immigrated to the United States from Poland and Russia. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1956 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958. Kohl served in the Army Reserve from 1958
Before coming to the Senate, Kohl helped build his
family-owned business, Kohl's grocery and department stores. He served as
president of the business from 1970 through the sale of the corporation in
1979. In 1985 he bought the Milwaukee Bucks to ensure the basketball team
remained in Milwaukee.
During his time in office, Kohl was
recognized as a leader in Congress for his work in balancing the federal
budget. Kohl also focused on anti-crime legislation,
especially crimes related to kids. He reauthorized juvenile justice
programs in the federal government, and authored laws which prevent the
sale of handguns to minors and prohibit handguns from being brought into a
In 1990, Kohl established the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation
Achievement Award Program, which provides annual grants totaling $100,000
to 100 graduating seniors, 100 teachers and 100 schools throughout
Wisconsin. In 1995, Kohl donated $25 million to the University of Wisconsin
for a new sports arena.
After winning reelection to the Senate in 1994, 2000 and 2006, Kohl did not seek another term and retired effective January 1, 2013.
Sources: U.S. Senate; Wikipedia