Robb Kahl - D
Remarks: Hi, my name is Robb Kahl and I'm a Democrat running in the 47th Assembly District.
As a former four term Mayor of Monona, I understand the positive impact that government can have on our lives. As a small business owner, I know what it takes to start a business and the hard work it takes to make it successful. As a father of four children, I have seen directly the negative impacts of budget cuts to our public education system, but I have also seen directly the positive impacts a great teacher and a strong learning environment can have on our kids.
This next session is going to create many challenges for all of us, but the two big ones on my agenda are jobs and education. Because of partisan politics we failed to get jobs billed passed this last session. We need to those politics aside and get passed the venture capital bill and the next generation jobs act. We also need to responsibly restore funding for public education and the technical college system, so we have people who are trained and ready to work in these newly created jobs.
If you are interested in joining us, go to www.robbkahl.com and see more about our campaign, see who is supporting us and get involved. Thank you.
Bio: Robb grew up in Fond du Lac and graduated cum laude from Ripon College in 1994. More importantly, Robb met his wife, Jennifer Kitslaar Kahl, while at Ripon, and the two were married in 1996. They moved to Fitchburg while Robb cont inued his education at UW Law School, graduating cum laude in 1998. Robb and Jennifer then moved to Jennifer's hometown of Monona, where they live today.
Robb's professional legal career has included positions as a judicial law clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, as a private practice and corporate attorney, and as an attorney with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Throughout his career, Robb has been recognized by his colleagues in publications like Madison Magazine and Wisconsin Super Lawyers for his exceptional work in the areas of both employment law and government contracts law. Robb currently is Executive Director and General Counsel for Construction Business Group (CBG). CBG is a non-profit labor and management organization that serves as a watchdog and educational entity that protects workers and taxpayers rights by monitoring public construction projects for compliance with the various applicable state and federal laws. CBG also provides education and resources to government entitles and contractors to ensure their compliance with these laws. Robb is also a small business owner with five employees working with him at Generations Title in Monona, a company he started in 2006.
In addition to his private sector experience, Robb served four terms as Mayor of Monona. During his tenure, Robb led the effort to rebuild the city's aging infrastructure, expand and improve public services, fund Monona's rainy day account, establish community sustainability efforts, increase economic development, and improve the community's bond rating. The recent reconstruction of Monona Drive was an enormous project led by Robb that required cooperation among Monona, Madison, Dane County, the State of Wisconsin, and the federal government. This highly successful project has won numerous awards and has transformed Monona's main street that is the gateway to Dane County's metropolitan east side. Robb's budgets continually held the line on taxes but found the needed balance between providing essential services residents expect while ensuring the taxes charged for those services were fair and reasonable. Robb continues to serve as Chair of Monona's Community Development Authority and also serves on various other business, government, and higher education boards.
Robb and Jennifer have four children. Their two oldest girls attend public school in the Monona Grove School District, where their younger sister and brother will join them in the years to come. Robb and Jennifer are both actively involved in serving on various community and school boards, coaching youth sports teams and spearheading community fundraising efforts. Robb looks forward to expanding his public service by putting the knowledge and skills gained in his private and public sector experience to work for the people of the 47th Assembly District.