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Sen. Herbert “Herb” Kohl

Former Senator for Wisconsin

Kohl was a senator from Wisconsin and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Herbert “Herb” Kohl [D-WI, 1989-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kohl is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kohl sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kohl was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kohl sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (23%) Commerce (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Taxation (9%) Law (9%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kohl’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kohl voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Kohl voted Yea

Kohl voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Kohl voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 70/26 on May 22, 2008.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of ...

Kohl voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Jan 2013, Kohl missed 69 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: