Most Americans may be familiar with President-elect George Bush, eight years a vice president before ascending to the No. 1 job, but the 1988 election has brought forth many newcomers largely unknown to the public.

Democratic millionaire Herb Kohl, owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team, will be coming to Washington as a new senator from Wisconsin. Kohl, 51, defeated Republican Susan Engeleiter in a self-financed television campaign for the seat of retiring Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis.Nevada will also be sending a new senator to Congress. Two-term Gov. Richard Bryan defeated Sen. Chic Hecht, R-Nev., in Tuesday's balloting. Bryan is best remembered in his home state for pushing through the biggest tax increase in Nevada's history to avoid government bankruptcy in 1983.

Bryan also moved into the spotlight during his battles with the federal government over putting a high-level nuclear repository in southern Nevada.

An admitted workaholic, Bryan thrives on junk food and has been known to bypass Thanksgiving dinner in favor of a hamburger at a fast food restaurant.

Charles Robb, the son-in-law of the late President Lyndon Johnson, easily won election to the Senate from Virginia. Robb, 49, is a former Virginia governor whose accomplishments include four balanced budgets and a $1 billion increase in education spending.

Robb replaces Sen. Paul Trible Jr., R-Va., who is retiring after one term.

There are some old faces that will not be seen as much around the nation's capital after the election.

Rep. Fernand St Germain, D-R.I., chairman of the House Banking Committee, lost in his bid for re-election to political novice Ronald Machtley, a Republican lawyer from Newport who used a pig to make a name for himself in politics.

Also absent from the new Congress will be John C. Stennis, who at 87 was dean of the Senate in age and seniority and one of the last of the powerful Southern lawmakers. Stennis is retiring and will be replaced by Republican Rep. Trent Lott.