By Christina Wilkie - 05/18/11 11:58 PM EDT
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will miss Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) when he retires next year.
Collins approached Kohl outside the Senate floor Tuesday as they made their way to their respective party lunches. “I am so sorry to hear you are leaving,” Collins said, hugging Kohl.
“Don’t worry,” he replied, “I’ll still let you know when we are having sales.”
Both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Collins and Kohl have served together since the Maine Republican arrived in Washington in 1997.
Kohl sold the department stores that bear his family name in 1979, but he still owns the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
ITK hopes that means free tickets for his former Senate colleagues after he retires.