Former Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl has died at the age of 88.
Kohl, who represented Wisconsin from 1989 to 2013, died Wednesday afternoon after a brief illness. Kohl founded the Kohl’s department store chain alongside his brother and father, as well as formerly owning the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
The Herb Kohl Foundation has given more than 34-million dollars in grants and scholarships to Wisconsin students, schools, and educators since being founded in 1990.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the passing of former Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl.
“Herb was my role model. Herb was a true public servant, leading with compassion and humility, and uncompromising in putting Wisconsin first. It didn’t matter how powerful the opposing forces were or how long the fight was, Herb was willing to take on any challenge if it meant a brighter future for Wisconsin. Herb was as generous as they come – with his resources, his knowledge, his time, and his heart. Wisconsin is lucky to have had Herb Kohl in our corner and we are undoubtedly a better, more just place because of his service. He truly was nobody’s senator but ours. My heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and the entire Badger State as we mourn the loss of a Wisconsin giant.”