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U.S. Senator Herb Kohl to make farewell remarks today

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXOW) -- Democratic Senator Herb Kohl will make his farewell remarks to the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

As Kohl plans his farewell, Tammy Baldwin prepares for be sworn in on January 3, 2013.

Kohl has represented Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate since 1988. After more than two decades of service, he decided did not seek re-election this year after serving four six-year terms.

Kohl served on several committees, including the Special Committee on Aging. He was a strong advocate for children's issues, working to expand the school breakfast program. He was also a strong supporter for child nutrition programs.

Kohl also focused on anti-crime legislation, especially crimes related to children.

On his website, Kohl says, "The greatest honor and the greatest responsibility of my life has been to serve as Wisconsin's United States Senator.  But I have never believed this was my Senate seat.  It belongs to the people of Wisconsin.  So even though I continue to love this job, the time has come to give someone else the opportunity to serve."

Tammy Baldwin will take Kohl's seat. Baldwin will serve on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the Budget Committee, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She will also serve on the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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