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
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byNewt Gingrich
Succeeded byNancy Pelosi
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
LeaderNewt Gingrich
Preceded byBob Walker
Succeeded byRoy Blunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – November 26, 2007
Preceded byJohn Grotberg
Succeeded byBill Foster
Personal details
John Dennis Hastert

(1942-01-02) January 2, 1942 (age 82)
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jean Kahl
Alma materNorth Central College
Wheaton College, Illinois
Northern Illinois University

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert (/ˈhæstərt/; born January 2, 1942) is a former American politician who served as the 51st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. He represented Illinois's 14th congressional district for twenty years, 1987 to 2007.[1]

On May 28, 2015, Hastert was indicted by federal prosecutors. The legal charges against him were 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 designed to cover up serial child molestation[2] that Hastert had committed when he was a high school wrestling coach.[3] 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. New York Times[permanent dead link]
  2. Bacon, John. "Judge sentences 'serial child molester' Hastert to 15 months". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  3. Davey, Monica; Bosman, Julie; Smith, Mitch (2016-04-27). "Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-05.

Other websites[change | change source]

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