Former US senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl dies

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Former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) has passed away at the age of 88 years old.

Kohl served in the Senate for more than two decades, from early 1989 until early 2013.

“I am a person who does not believe in invective,” he had noted, according to the Associated Press. “I never go out and look to grab the mike or go in front of the TV camera. When I go to work everyday, I check my ego at the door.”

As a senator, he never accepted a pay increase, according to the outlet, which reported that he simply took the same yearly $89,500 salary he received when taking office in 1989 and returned the remainder to the Treasury Department.

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For a period of time, he had owned the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, but he sold it in 2014.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who filled Kohl’s seat when he left office, issued a statement praising the former lawmaker. She called Kohl her role model, saying that he “was a true public servant, leading with compassion and humility, and uncompromising in putting Wisconsin first.”

Hillary Clinton, who served as a U.S. senator from New York from early 2001 until early 2009 when she left the Senate to serve as secretary of State, said that it had been “an honor and delight to serve with Herbert Kohl in the Senate.” She described him as as “a good man whose legacy includes expanded access to health care, better nutrition for kids, concern for the elderly, and a commitment to decency and civility while representing his constituents.”

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