10 Things You Didn't Know About Herb Kohl

Kohl was first elected to the Senate in 1988.


1. Herbert Kohl was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 7, 1935. His parents owned a chain of grocery stores, Kohl's Food Markets.

2. Kohl grew up in Milwaukee, attending Sherman Elementary and Washington High schools. He earned a B.S. in American institutions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1958.

3. In college, he lived with his childhood friend Bud Selig, who is now the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

4. Kohl served in the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1964.

5. In 1962, his father, Max Kohl, opened the first Kohl's department store. Herb Kohl helped build the retail chain and became president in 1970. In 1978, BATUS Inc. bought control of the family business.

6. Kohl served as chairman of the Wisconsin state Democratic Party from 1975 to 1977.

7. In 1985, he bought the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks franchise to keep the team in his hometown. He remains owner and president.

8. Kohl was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988 and has been re-elected three times.

9. In 1990, he started the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, which has given more than $7 million to Wisconsin public schools. In 1995, he gave $25 million to the University of Wisconsin to build a sports arena, the Kohl Center. It was the largest private donation in the university's history.

10. He is chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and serves on three other committees: Appropriations; Judiciary; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.




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