Robert William Kastenmeier (January 24, 1924 – March 20, 2015) was a United States politician. He represented Wisconsin in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1991, and was a member of the Democratic Party.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Donald Edgar Tewes|
|Succeeded by||Scott Klug|
Robert William Kastenmeier
January 24, 1924
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
|Died||March 20, 2015 (aged 91)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943–1946|
|Philippines Campaign (1944–45)||World War II|
Kastenmeier was born in Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, where he attended public school. He continued his education at Carleton College and at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he received his LL.B. in 1952. After being admitted to the bar, he began the practice of law in Watertown, Wisconsin.
He entered the Army as a private in February 1943 and served in the Philippines. He was discharged on August 15, 1946 as a first lieutenant. Afterwards, he served in the War Department as a branch office director in the claims service in the Philippines from 1946 to 1948.
Kastenmeier made an unsuccessful bid for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district in 1956, losing to Republican Donald Tewes by 11 points. In a rematch in 1958 he defeated Tewes by 6,200 votes, being elected to Congress for the first time. He won a third race with Tewes in 1960, and faced another close contest in 1962. However, he romped to a fourth term in 1964. Kastenmeier overall served from the 86th Congress to the 101st Congress.
As a congressman, Kastenmeier was one of the managers appointed by the House in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Kastenmeier helped to frame the impeachment resolution against Claiborne.
The Robert W. Kastenmeier United States Courthouse of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin was named in his honor.
- Robert Kastenmeier, Wisconsin Historical Society
- State of Wisconsin 1989-1990 Blue Book. Madison: Wisconsin Department of Administration, 1989, p. 13.
- "Robert Kastenmeier, Liberal Voice in House for 32 Years, Dies at 91". The New York Times.
- Watertown Historical Society, Robert Kastenmeier
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005, page 493 Retrieved 2018-09-20.
- Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics 1988. National Journal. p. 1295.
- Matt Schudel. "Robert W. Kastenmeier, former Wisconsin congressman, dies at 91". The Washington Post, March 21, 2015.
- R. W. APPLE Jr. "Quiet Service Since '59, Then a Stunning Defeat". The New York Times, November 12, 1990.
- Ex-Wisconsin Rep. Kastenmeier, early Vietnam critic, dies
- Borders, Rebecca and C. C. Dockery. "You Can't Go Home Again: Bob Kastenmeier". In Beyond the Hill. New York: University Press of America, 1995, pp. 41-44.
- Kidwell, John A. "Congressman Robert Kastenmeier and Professor John Stedman: A Thirty-five Year Relationship". Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 55, no. 2: 129-137.
- Patterson, L. Ray and David Lange. Copyright and Legislation: The Kastenmeier Years. Durham, N.C.: Duke University School of Law, 1992.
- Remington, Michael J. "Robert W. Kastenmeier: Copyright Legislator par Excellence". Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 55, no. 2: 297-310.
- United States Congress. "Robert Kastenmeier (id: K000020)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Donald Edgar Tewes
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district