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Politics

Former Wisconsin Congressman Remembered As Peace Advocate

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Congressman Bob Kastenemeier

Former U.S. Representative Bob Kastenmeier has died at the age of 91. The Wisconsin Democrat was an early and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War.

Kastenmeier served 32 years in Congress. He was 91. His wife Dorothy says he died Friday at their home in Arlington, Virginia. 

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says she was proud to walk in his footsteps representing the 2nd Congressional District.

“His public service is an inspiration to me today and his optimistic spirit will live on in me and other elected officials who were touched by his life's work.”

Former Senator Russ Feingold also remembered Kastenmeier for being an important influence.

“Bob's commitment to civil liberties and civility in politics was one of my earliest inspirations. He will be deeply missed as a model of public service, and as a friend.”

Congressman Mark Pocan represents Wisconsin’s 2nd District today. He issued this statement Friday.

“Bob Kastenmeier will always be one of Wisconsin’s greatest legislators. Bob leaves behind a long legacy as a champion for the people of Wisconsin and the United States. He was a leading voice for civil rights and civil liberties, and an advocate for peace in his 32-years as a U.S. Representative and decades after. “I got my start in national politics knocking on doors for Bob’s campaigns while in college. I’ll always remember how much his constituents loved and admired him. Today, as an heir to Bob’s legacy, I work every day to live up to his standard and to follow his model as a legislator. “As we remember Bob’s life and his service to our country, our thoughts are with his wife, Dorothy.”