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  Feingold, Russ
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2010-01-01  
 
NameRuss Feingold
Address7114 Donna Drive
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562-3506, United States
Emailinfo@feingold.senate.gov
Website [Link]
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Born March 02, 1953
Died Still Living (61 years)
ContributorArmyDem
Last ModifiedIndyGeorgia
Jul 21, 2011 08:25pm
Tags Caucasian - German - Jewish - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Anti-Term Limits - Anti-Tort Reform - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Protectionist - Divorced - Judaism - Straight -
Info"Feingold won big after voting against the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts, and having cast the lone vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act" -Chicago Tribune

Russ Feingold is an independent voice in the United States Senate. Best known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate with Republican Senator John McCain, Feingold has been a tireless leader in bipartisan efforts to restore fiscal discipline in Congress and reduce the federal deficit. Senator Feingold also cast the lone vote against the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001 and has continued to be a leader in the bipartisan effort to protect our rights and freedoms and fix the flawed provisions of the Act.

When he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992, Senator Feingold pledged to hold town hall-style listening sessions in every one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties every year. To date, he has held over 1,100 listening sessions. These listening sessions provide the people of Wisconsin an opportunity to discuss issues directly with Senator Feingold without an appointment, without making a political contribution, and without having to go to Washington, D.C. These town hall meetings have been the foundation and driving force behind Feingold’s legislative agenda, and in recent years he has brought his signature listening sessions outside of Wisconsin to states such as Alabama, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

A National Leader in Domestic and Foreign Policy

Senator Feingold has a long record of accomplishment on reform issues, including his key leadership role in the successful efforts to pass the congressional gift ban and lobbying disclosure legislation, as well as work on many other reform initiatives.

Feingold is also recognized leader in the fight to cut wasteful spending and reduce the nation's growing deficit. A ten-time winner of the Concord Coalition's deficit hawk award, he is the lead author of legislation to institute Pay-As-You-Go legislation to enforce limits on federal spending in Congress. As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, he has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reform budget rules and restore fiscal sanity to the congressional budgeting process.

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feingold has brought critical attention to the need to combat terrorism without undermining the rights and freedoms of law-abiding Americans. He has been a leader on the fight to fix the USA PATRIOT Act and has been an outspoken critic of the illegal secret wiretapping of U.S. citizens by the Bush administration.

As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, Feingold brings a critical focus to the fight against terrorism. Feingold opposed the war with Iraq because he understood from the start that it would direct critical resources away from the fight against the forces that attacked us September 11, 2001, and their allies. In August 2005, Senator Feingold became the first U.S. Senator to propose a flexible target date for completion of our military mission and withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He believes that our seemingly indefinite military presence in Iraq is fueling the insurgency and is not creating the conditions needed for a smooth transfer of authority to the new Iraqi government.

Background

In 1917, Feingold's family settled in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he was born to parents Leon and Sylvia on March 2, 1953. Feingold graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, received a degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1977, and then went on to Harvard Law School, where he earned his degree in 1979.

In 1982, in his first try for elective office, Feingold defeated a longtime incumbent and was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate for the 27th District. Feingold was reelected in 1986 and 1990. When Feingold first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992, he won a tough three-way primary, and went on to defeat a two-term incumbent. Feingold was reelected to the Senate in 1998 and 2004.

Senator Feingold has two daughters, Jessica and Ellen. Feingold is a member of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
12/10/2010-12/12/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 50.00% ( 6.0) 43.00% ( 5.0) 6.00% ( 3.0)
10/26/2010-10/28/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 2.0) 48.00% ( 6.0) 9.00% ( 6.0)
06/09/2010-07/10/2010 University of Wisconsin (Badger Poll) 55.00% ( 11.0) 32.00% ( 9.0) 13.00% ( 2.0)
06/26/2010-06/27/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 42.00% ( 3.0) 42.00% ( 1.0) 15.00% ( 2.0)
03/20/2010-03/21/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 0.0) 41.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
09/27/2009-09/28/2009 Survey USA 49.00% ( 3.0) 43.00% ( 1.0) 8.00% ( 2.0)
08/26/2009-08/27/2009 Survey USA 46.00% ( 8.0) 44.00% ( 7.0) 10.00% ( 2.0)
07/17/2009-07/19/2009 Survey USA 54.00% ( 2.0) 37.00% ( 0.0) 8.00% ( 1.0)
06/12/2009-06/14/2009 Survey USA 56.00% ( 5.0) 37.00% ( 6.0) 7.00% ( 2.0)
06/08/2009-06/10/2009 Research 2000 56.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 0.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
02/21/2013-02/24/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 53.00% ( 4.0) 37.00% ( 6.0) 11.00% ( 3.0)
08/12/2011-08/14/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 49.00% ( 4.0) 43.00% ( 6.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
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While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era   Purchase Homegrown Democrat 
Feingold: A New Democratic Party  Purchase Craverguy 

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jun 18, 2013 12:00pm News Kerry names Feingold special envoy for African region, including DRC  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Oct 10, 2011 02:00pm Strategy Russ Feingold to Dems: 'This is no time to hang back'  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jun 12, 2011 10:40pm News Feingold in Walkerville: 'We will not stop until we win'  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jun 08, 2011 03:55pm News Russ Feingold Raises More Than $130,000 For Wisconsin Democratic Recall Candidates   Article Homegrown Democrat 
Apr 29, 2011 02:00pm Statement Feingold compares new Obama fundraising group to Karl Rove  Article Craverguy 
Apr 15, 2011 12:45am Report Russ Feingold's PAC Raises $1 Million To Fight Corporate Influence  Article Craverguy 

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RACES
  08/09/2016 WI US Senate - D Primary ???
  06/01/2016 US President - D Primary ???
  11/02/2010 WI US Senate Lost 47.02% (-4.84%)
  09/14/2010 WI US Senate - D Primary Won 99.67% (+99.34%)
  11/02/2004 WI US Senate Won 55.37% (+11.24%)
  09/14/2004 WI US Senate - D Primary Won 99.66% (+99.32%)
  11/03/1998 WI US Senate Won 50.55% (+2.15%)
  09/08/1998 WI US Senate- D Primary Won 99.70% (+99.39%)
  11/03/1992 WI US Senate Won 52.57% (+6.56%)
  09/08/1992 WI US Senate - D Primary Won 69.67% (+55.56%)
  11/06/1990 WI Senate 27 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1986 WI Senate 27 Won 62.62% (+25.24%)
  11/02/1982 WI State Senate 27 Won 50.03% (+0.06%)
  09/14/1982 WI Senate 27 - D Primary Won 52.61% (+5.22%)
ENDORSEMENTS
MA US Senate - D Primary - Sep 06, 2012 D Elizabeth Warren
WI US Senate - D Primary - Aug 14, 2012 D Tammy Baldwin
WI US President - D Primary - Apr 03, 2012 D Barack Obama
IL District 10 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Ilya Sheyman
US President - D Primary - Jan 03, 2012 D Barack Obama
WI State Senate 18 - Recall - Aug 09, 2011 D Jessica J. "Jess" King
WI Supreme Court Justice - Apr 05, 2011 D JoAnne Kloppenburg
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 05, 2010 D Elena Kagan
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 28, 2010 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
US Secretary of the Treasury - Jan 26, 2009 NPA Reject
WI State House 42 - D Primary - Sep 09, 2008 D Fred Clark
MN District 3 - D Primary - Sep 09, 2008 DFL Ashwin Madia
TX US Senate - D Primary - Mar 04, 2008 D Rick Noriega
WI US President - D Primary - Feb 19, 2008 D Barack Obama
CT US Senate - Nov 07, 2006 D Ned Lamont
WI Ballot Measure - Ban Gay Marriage Amendment - Nov 07, 2006 NO No
IA State Senate 05 - Nov 07, 2006 D Rich Olive
CA - District 11 - Nov 07, 2006 D Gerald "Jerry" McNerney
CA Governor - Nov 07, 2006 D Phil Angelides
MN District 6 - DFL Primary - Sep 12, 2006 DFL Patty Wetterling
CO District 06 - D Primary - Aug 08, 2006 D Bill Winter
TX District 21 - D Primary - Mar 07, 2006 D John Courage
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 R John G. Roberts, Jr.
US Attorney General - Jan 20, 2001 R John Ashcroft
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jun 20, 1996 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 D Stephen G. Breyer
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 D Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WI US President - D Primary - Apr 05, 1988 D Paul M. Simon
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1988 D Paul M. Simon
WI US President - D Primary - Apr 01, 1980 D Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 1980 D Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy
WI US President - D Primary - Apr 06, 1976 D Morris K. "Mo" Udall
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1976 D Morris K. "Mo" Udall
WI US President - D Primary - Apr 04, 1972 D John V. Lindsay
US President - D Primaries - Jun 06, 1972 D John V. Lindsay