Sen. Herb Kohl, left, chats with Mickey Rooney during a recent hearing on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) has yet to determine whether he will run for re-election in 2012 but plans to make a decision later this year, his spokeswoman Dawn Schueller confirmed Wednesday morning.
Kohl, 76, recently deposited $1 million in personal funds into his campaign account, which was viewed as a sign that the multimillionaire Senator would stand for a fifth term given that that he always self-finances his races and engages in no outside fundraising. Kohl owns the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA franchise, among other business interests.
But recent news reports have cast doubt on Kohl’s commitment to running next year, and Schueller said that no decision has been made.
“Sen. Kohl will announce his decision later this year,” she said. “Right now, he is focused entirely on doing his job and working hard to represent the people of Wisconsin.”
Roll Call Politics rates this race Leans Democratic.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.