At a Glance
- Career History: Practicing allergist (1979-2007), Assistant Clinical Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin (1983-2007), Allergy consultant for CNN (1985-1992), Founder of four allergy clinics
- Birthday: Dec. 12, 1949
- Hometown: Appleton, Wis.
- Alma Mater: B.S. from University of Wisconsin (1972), M.D. from University of Wisconsin (1976)
- Spouse: Gayle Kagen
- Religion: Jewish
- Committees: Agriculture Committee; Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- DC Office: 1232 Longworth HOB: 202-225-5665
- District Offices: Green Bay: 920-437-1954; Appleton: 920-380-0061
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Path to Power
Kagen was born in 1949 in Appleton, Wis. into a long line of health-care workers. His paternal grandfather emigrated from Russia in 1905, landing a job at a Chicago pharmacy. Kagen's father, a dermatologist would unsuccessfully run in 1966 for the House seat that Kagen would one day win. The family would often host group chats at their house with Wisconsin's Democratic Sens. William Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson.
Kagen graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where he received his bachelor's and medical degrees.
During the 110th Congress, Kagen voted with House Democrats 96.9 percent of the time.
Kagen, who won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in 2008, has been a supporter of gun rights, like other Wisconsin lawmakers.
Though Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) initially backed Kagen's 2006 primary opponent, the two grew close serving in Congress together. Kagen has called Obey "my mentor, colleague and dear friend."
Kagen co-founded the Congressional Business Owners Caucus, which he co-chairs with Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.).