Herb Kohl

American politician (1935–2023)

Herbert H. "Herb" Kohl (February 7, 1935 – December 27, 2023) was an American businessman and politician. He was a United States Senator from Wisconsin serving from January 3, 1989, through January 3, 2013. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Herb Kohl
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byWilliam Proxmire
Succeeded byTammy Baldwin
Chairman of the Senate Special Aging Committee
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byGordon H. Smith
Succeeded byBill Nelson
Personal details
Born(1935-02-07)February 7, 1935
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 2023(2023-12-27) (aged 88)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Harvard Business School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1958–1964
UnitArmy Reserve

Kohl was also a philanthropist and the former owner of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.[1] He did not seek reelection in 2012 and his term ended on January 3, 2013. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Kohl died at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 27, 2023, at the age of 88.[2][3]


  1. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Herb Kohl". US News. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  2. Glauber, Amy Rabideau Silvers, Craig Gilbert and Bill. "Herb Kohl, former U.S. senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner, dies at age 88". Journal Sentinel.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. McFadden, Robert D. (December 27, 2023). "Herbert Kohl, Former Wisconsin Senator and Milwaukee Bucks Owner, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2023.

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