|United States Senator
January 3, 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
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Glenn R. Davis|
|Succeeded by||Jim Sensenbrenner|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Senate|
|Born||Robert Walter Kasten, Jr.
June 19, 1942
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.
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.
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 Democrat and 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 after being defeated in 1962 by Nelson.
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. The charges were later dropped.
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. Kasten was defeated by Democratic state Senator Russ Feingold in 1992.
After the Senate
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.; 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). In April 2016, Kasten endorsed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for president in 2016, becoming part of Trump's foreign policy advisory team.
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".
|Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1992|
|Republican||Bob Kasten (incumbent)||1,129,599||46.0|
|Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1986|
|Republican||Bob Kasten (incumbent)||754,573||50.9|
|Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1980|
|Democratic||Gaylord Nelson (incumbent)||48.3|
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. 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.
- JS Online: Former Wisconsin senator joins Giuliani's team Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- JS Online: Regional News Briefs
- Vielmetti, Bruce. "Bob Kasten, former U.S. senator, named in fraud suit" Proof & Hearsay blog Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 9, 2013
- Senator Bob Kasten
- Moe, Doug. "Ex-UW Student Prez Up For 'Annie'.[[The Capital Times January 24, 2005]
|United States House of Representatives|
Glenn Robert Davis
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 9th congressional district
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: William Proxmire, Herb Kohl
|Party political offices|
|Vice-Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference