Dennis Hastert

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Dennis Hastert
59th Speaker of the United States
House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2007
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Newt Gingrich
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Leader Newt Gingrich
Preceded by Bob Walker
Succeeded by Roy Blunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – November 26, 2007
Preceded by John Grotberg
Succeeded by Bill Foster
Personal details
Born John Dennis Hastert
(1942-01-02) January 2, 1942 (age 76)
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Kahl
Alma mater North Central College
Wheaton College, Illinois
Northern Illinois University
Religion Evangelicalism[1]

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert (/ˈhæstərt/; born January 2, 1942) is an American politician, lobbyist and member of the Republican Party. He was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2007. He represented Illinois's 14th congressional district for twenty years, 1987 to 2007.[2]

On May 28, 2015, Hastert was indicted by federal prosecutors,. The legal charges against him are that he did not follow a law that says banks should report cash transactions over $10,000, and that he made false statements to the FBI about his withdrawals, in a hush money scheme. He was found guilty on April 27, 2016 and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Biography[change | change source]

Hastert was born on January 2, 1942, in Aurora, Illinois. He grew up in rural Illinois. He graduate from Wheaton College in 1964. His degree was in economics. In 1967 he got a masters in philosophy of education from Northern Illinois University.

After leaving government, he returned to rural Illinois. Hastert now lives in Plano, Illinois.

References[change | change source]

  1. Juliet Eilperin, Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the House of Representatives (Hoover Institution/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), p. 42.
  2. New York Times

Other websites[change | change source]

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