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Robert William Kastenmeier (born January 24, 1924) is a United Statesmarker politician. He represented Wisconsinmarker in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1991, and is a member of the Democratic Party.



Kastenmeier was born in Beaver Dammarker, Dodge Countymarker, Wisconsinmarker, and attended its public schools. He continued his education at Carleton Collegemarker and at the University of Wisconsin Law Schoolmarker, where he got his LL.B. in 1952, and was admitted to the bar and began to practice law in Watertown, Wisconsinmarker.

Military service

He entered the Army as a private in February 1943 and served in the Philippinesmarker. 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.

Political career

In 1955, Kastenmeier was elected to the position of Justice of the Peace for Jeffersonmarker and Dodgemarker Counties, and he served until 1959.

On January 3, 1959, he began serving in the 86th Congress in the House of Representatives, and continued serving in fifteen succeeding terms until January 3, 1991. 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 Nevada.

He was also on the Judiciary Committee involved in the creation of the Copyright Act of 1976.

In 1990, Kastenmeier unexpectedly lost his re-election bid to Republican Scott Klug, a political newcomer who was nearly 30 years his junior.

Robert Kastenmeier currently lives in Arlington, Virginiamarker.


  2. See, e.g., Robert Kastenmeier, 90th Cong., Report To Accompany H.R. 2512, Report No. 83 (March 8, 1967)

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