Bob Kasten

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Bob Kasten
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United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
January 5, 1981 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Gaylord Nelson
Succeeded by Russ Feingold
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Glenn R. Davis
Succeeded by Jim Sensenbrenner
Personal details
Born Robert Walter Kasten, Jr.
(1942-06-19) June 19, 1942 (age 72)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Kasten
Religion Episcopalian

Robert Walter "Bob" Kasten, Jr. (born June 19, 1942) is a Republican politician from the state of Wisconsin who served as a U.S. Representative from 1975 to 1979 and as a U.S. Senator from 1981 to 1993.

Background[edit]

Kasten was born in Milwaukee. He graduated in 1960 from The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1964 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and received his M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School in 1966. He served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

Elected office[edit]

Kasten was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1972. In 1974, he was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican. He was reelected in 1976. He ran for Governor of Wisconsin in 1978, but lost the Republican nomination to Lee S. Dreyfus. Kasten ran for the United States Senate in 1980 and narrowly defeated liberal Democrat and environmentalist incumbent Senator Gaylord Nelson. Kasten's victory was propelled in part by the popularity of Ronald Reagan at the top of the Republican ticket. In the Senate, Kasten was an outspoken conservative. He was the first Republican to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate since Alexander Wiley left office in 1963.

In 1985 Kasten was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a District of Columbia police officer observed him running a red light and driving on the wrong side of the road.[1] The charges were later dropped.[citation needed]

In 1986, Kasten narrowly defeated Democrat Ed Garvey to win a second term after a very bitter campaign, one that was characterized by personal attacks and is remembered as one of the nastiest elections in Wisconsin history.[2] Kasten was defeated by Democratic state Senator Russ Feingold in 1992.

After the Senate[edit]

Since 1993, he has been President of Kasten & Company, a consulting firm.

In July 2007, it was announced that Kasten was joining the presidential campaign of Republican Rudy Giuliani as a foreign policy adviser.;[3] in August, it was announced that Kasten would also be chairing Giuliani's Wisconsin campaign, along with former U.S. Representative Scott Klug and former State Senator Cathy Stepp (R-Yorkville).[4]

Lawsuit[edit]

In March 2013, over thirty shareholders filed a lawsuit against Kasten, Robert Brazell, In-Store Broadcasting Network, Talos Partners, and several other associates, alleging violation of the Utah Uniform Securities Act and various other criminal acts, for their investments in IBN totaling "approximately $2 million".[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Russ Feingold 1,290,662 52.6
Republican Bob Kasten (incumbent) 1,129,599 46.0
Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Kasten (incumbent) 754,573 50.9
Democratic Ed Garvey 702,963 47.4
Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Kasten 50.2
Democratic Gaylord Nelson (incumbent) 48.3

Cultural references[edit]

Writer Mike Baron named a recurring character in his Wisconsin-based comic book Badger after Kasten, then Wisconsin's junior senator. The character, a peg-legged, vampire-hunting pig named "Senator Bob Kasten", made several appearances in the series.[6] A student political party on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus satirically named themselves the "Bob Kasten School of Driving" (a reference to his DUI arrest) won the campus-wide elections in 1986 and 1987.[7]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn Robert Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 9th congressional district

1975–1979
Succeeded by
Jim Sensenbrenner
United States Senate
Preceded by
Gaylord Nelson
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
1981–1993
Served alongside: William Proxmire, Herb Kohl
Succeeded by
Russ Feingold
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thad Cochran
Vice-Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Trent Lott