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US Sen. Herb Kohl Delivers Farewell Speech, Praises Staff

Posted at: 12/13/2012 11:02 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 10:33 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

His 24th year in Washington is winding down. In just a couple of weeks, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, will end his fourth term.

During a farewell speech on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Kohl praised fellow lawmakers for their dedication to the country and their states before praising his staff. "Perhaps what I will miss the most about leaving the Senate is coming to work every day here in Washington and in Wisconsin with such a bright, creative and dedicated group of people, constantly focused on what is best for our nation and my state."

Kohl is second in seniority among Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging. Kohl also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Banking Committee and is Chairman of its Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

The 77-year-old took office in 1989, starting the first of his four 6-year terms.

In addition to his role in Washington, Kohl owns the Milwaukee Bucks and consistently ranks as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

Kohl will be replaced by Democrat Tammy Baldwin next month. She defeated former Wisconsin governor and Republican candidate Tommy Thompson in November.