Note: Many of these stories could be considered obituaries for Feingold's Senate career.
Russ Feingold, the progressive Democrat from Wisconsin, lost his Senate seat Tuesday to Ron Johnson. He was a Senator for three terms. All joking aside... onto the news.
Many national news organizations covered Feingold's loss which I found surprising as I understood who he was and what he did because I was a Wisconsin resident. I did not realize he was a prominent figure nationwide.
NPR reported that Feingold was most well-known for his campaign finance reform legislation of 2002 which regulated fundraising in political campaigns. NPR painted Feingold as a Washington "outsider."
According to the New York Times, that legislation was eroded for years before being thrown out by the Supreme Court this year. The Times reported that the kind of spending Feingold worked to stop consumed the race in Wisconsin. Feingold raised more money than Johnson in what "appeared to be the most expensive Senate race in Wisconsin history, topping out at more than $35 million."
Feingold was the sole Senator to oppose the Patriot Act in 2001.
The Washington Post mourned the loss of "one of the last true progessives." During his concession speech, Feingold said it was "on to the next battle" in 2012 but was unclear what his plans might be.