Look out Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) will seek to re-earn his seat, which he lost to Sen. Johnson in 2010, in what is expected to be one of the more interesting 2016 Senate races. Sen. Feingold represented the state of Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2011, having won elections in 1992, 1998 and 2004. During his tenure in the Senate, Sen. Feingold made several courageous votes in defense of civil rights and civil liberties. First, Sen. Feingold was the only member of the Senate to vote against the USA Patriot Act when it was first passed in 2001. With the ongoing debate about how much of a surveillance state we have become, it would seem Sen. Feingold was on to something. Also noteworthy is that Sen. Feingold was one of 23 Senators who voted against H.J.Resolution 114, a resolution whose passage provided then President George W. Bush the authorization to go to war with Iraq. As we currently find members of Congress debating the fate of the USA Freedom Act and how the U.S. should formulate its strategy concerning Iraq, Sen. Feingold would provide a breadth of experience. Unlike many of his colleagues in the Senate who only recognized the consequences of the USA Patriot Act and going to war in Iraq in hindsight, Sen. Feingold had the foresight to identify the long-term implications of those decisions 14 years ago.   

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