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Sen. Herb Kohl

Self Description

February 2006: "Herb Kohl was elected to the Senate in 1988 and re-elected to a third six-year term in 2000. Kohl was born and raised in Milwaukee, where he attended public school. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1958. Kohl served in the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1964.

Before coming to the Senate, Kohl helped build his family-owned business, Kohl's grocery and department stores. He served as President 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 and is recognized as an avid sportsman..."

Third-Party Descriptions

March 2011: "The chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, reintroduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act at Wednesday’s hearing. The bill would establish an office of elder justice within the federal Justice Department charged with protecting the elderly by strengthening law enforcement responses to abuse."

July 2009: "Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee, sent letters yesterday to the federal agencies overseeing communications and antitrust, calling for an investigation and for action on several regulatory proposals that could give smaller carriers and software firms a better shot at competing."

June 2008: "Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, persuaded the Appropriations Committee and the full Senate to accept legislative language benefiting Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay."

May 2008: '“A strictly enforceable downer ban will eliminate confusion and move the ball forward on food safety and humane standards, while restoring consumer faith in a vital American sector,” Senator Herbert H. Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, said in a statement.'

September 2007: 'Federal lawmakers called Wednesday for a universal accreditation standard for financial advisers working with older Americans....“Seniors should not be worried that the title after their adviser’s name is just a marketing ploy,” said Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin and chairman of the committee. “We’re taking the first step toward much-needed reform.”'

June 2007: And today, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which is led by Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, will hold the first of a series of hearings on the issue, which could lead to legislative proposals to restrict and require disclosure of payments and gifts to doctors from drug companies nationwide.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Feb 7, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Feb 7, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Milwaukee Bucks Organization Feb 7, 2006
Member (past or present) US Army Reserve (USAR) Organization Feb 7, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Wisconsin-Madison Organization Feb 7, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Jon Leibowitz Esq. Person May 25, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Mar 03, 2011 Government Report Finds Elder Abuse on the Rise

QUOTE: Kay Brown, director of education, work force and income security at the accountability office, testified that state agencies also were seeing increasingly complex cases involving multiple types of abuse. Yet funding for state-level adult protective services agencies... is not keeping pace.

New York Times
Oct 28, 2009 Critics: DEA crackdown denies some patients pain medication

QUOTE: Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication...

Washington Post
Sep 05, 2009 New Exotic Investments Emerging on Wall Street

QUOTE: some are dismayed by Wall Street’s quick return to its old ways, chasing profits with complicated new product

New York Times
Aug 13, 2009 Senators Investigate Hospital Purchasing

QUOTE: Senators from committees like finance, judiciary and aging are investigating the practices of companies that represent big networks of hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. These group purchasing organizations select “preferred” manufacturers and negotiate the prices of medical products, which are a closely held secret.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2009 Senator Urges Scrutiny of Ticketmaster Deal

QUOTE: A key lawmaker [Sen. Herb Kohl] on Monday urged more scrutiny by regulators over a proposed merger between concert ticketing giant Ticketmaster and producer Live Nation, saying it presented "serious competition concerns."

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2009 Key Senator Backs Telecom Probe: Concerns Grow in Congress Over Cellphone Carriers' Practices

QUOTE: He called for the Justice Department to closely scrutinize future mergers and to investigate whether dominant cellphone carriers are stifling competition in violation of antitrust laws. Over the past three years, the number of national wireless carriers has dropped to four from seven, and the top four carriers serve nine out of 10 cellphone users.

Washington Post
Jun 17, 2009 Text-message fees recommended for antitrust scrutiny

QUOTE: Prices [for text messaging] at Verizon, AT & T, Sprint and T-Mobile have risen sharply and around the same time, Sen. Herb Kohl says. Companies deny any collusion.

Los Angeles Times
Jan 01, 2009 The Plot to Kill Google

QUOTE: The company's [Google] growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups.

Jun 07, 2008 Concerned About Costs, Congress Pushes Curbs on Doctor-Owned Hospitals

QUOTE: For years, Democrats have been trying to stop the proliferation of doctor-owned hospitals, in the belief that they drive up costs by encouraging doctors to order more procedures. Now Democrats in Congress are moving to impose new restrictions on these for-profit hospitals, but they have carved out exemptions for a few institutions represented by influential senators and well-connected lobbyists.

New York Times
May 21, 2008 U.S. Moves to Prohibit Beef From Sick or Injured Cows

QUOTE: The animals had fallen after passing an initial inspection by government inspectors. Under the downer exemption, a veterinarian could have been called to reinspect the animals and perhaps deem them healthy enough to slaughter. But the exemption apparently encouraged laxity; in some instances at Westland/Hallmark, downer cows were sent to slaughter without the reinspection.

New York Times
May 15, 2008 Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says

QUOTE: The accountability office found that state employees had missed at least one serious deficiency in 15 percent of the inspections checked by federal officials. In nine states, inspectors missed serious problems in more than 25 percent of the surveys analyzed from 2002 to 2007.

New York Times
Sep 06, 2007 Panel Questions Financial Advisers for the Elderly

QUOTE: Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state regulators said they expected soon to propose guidelines prohibiting sales agents from using titles that imply an expertise in financial issues for older Americans, when that designation has little or no value.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2007 Senate Panel Investigates How Insurers Sell to Elderly

QUOTE: A Congressional committee has opened an investigation into companies that train sales agents to market themselves to older consumers through impressive-sounding credentials and controversial tactics.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2007 Conflict Alleged in Drug Firms' Education Role

QUOTE: Drug companies have become the biggest sponsors of continuing medical education courses in recent years, even at the nation's top medical schools, a development that critics say raises health-care costs, skews doctors' treatment decisions and allows the industry to skirt laws against advertising "off-label" uses for its products.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2007 Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts

QUOTE: As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty. How this money may be influencing psychiatrists and other doctors has become one of the most contentious issues in health care.

New York Times
Jan 22, 2007 Showdown Looms in Congress Over Drug Advertising on TV

QUOTE: "Criticism of direct-to-consumer advertising has intensified since 2004, after Merck withdrew Vioxx, a heavily advertised painkiller, after a clinical trial showed that it sharply increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes."

New York Times
Jan 20, 2007 High Court To Revisit Campaign Finance Law: New Lineup on Bench Will Consider Ad Limits

QUOTE: The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to revisit the landmark 2002 legislation overhauling the nation's campaign finance laws, moving to settle the role of campaign spending by corporations, unions and special interest groups in time for the 2008 presidential primaries. It would be the first time the court has reviewed the McCain-Feingold law of 2002

Washington Post
Feb 08, 2006 Limiting NSA Spying Is Inconsistent With Rationale, Critics Say

QUOTE: ...contradictions in the administration's defense of the spying program, under which the National Security Agency intercepts some calls to and from the United States and contacts overseas. Many national security law experts said yesterday that the distinction makes little sense legally, because the administration concluded that President Bush has the constitutional authority to order wiretaps on U.S. citizens and residents without court approval.

Washington Post
Feb 07, 2006 Gonzales Defends Surveillance: Senators From Both Parties Challenge Attorney General on Program

QUOTE: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales spent more than seven hours yesterday sparring with skeptical lawmakers over a controversial domestic eavesdropping program, defending its legality while refusing to answer dozens of questions about its operations or whether President Bush has authorized other types of warrantless searches or surveillance in the United States.

Washington Post
Feb 10, 2005 Senate Limits Class-Action Lawsuits: House Action, Bush Signature Set to Follow Senate Passage

QUOTE: ...funnel class-action suits with plaintiffs from multiple states out of state courts and into the federal system. Proponents say the change will lead to more rational and more consistent rulings. Consumer groups fighting the bill warned that, in practice, many valid claims will never be heard, because federal judges often dismiss class-action cases on procedural grounds.

Washington Post

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