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Rep. J. Dennis Hastert


Self Description

January 2006: "Dennis Hastert rose to his position as Speaker of the House from the cornfields of Illinois. Born in Aurora, he grew up in Oswego and earned degrees from Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. After 16 years of teaching and coaching at Yorkville High School, he served in the Illinois House of Representatives for six years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. In 1999, Hastert's colleagues honored him by electing him Speaker of the House, the third highest elected official in the U.S. government.

Speaker Hastert, who turned 62 on January 2, 2004, is now serving his third term as Speaker and his ninth term as the Republican Congressman for Illinois' 14th Congressional District. Hastert's home district comprises a suburban landscape of high tech firms, small and large industrial complexes and expansive farm land west of Chicago, which includes the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan. The 14th Congressional District re-elected Hastert in 2002 with 74% of the overall vote.

As Speaker, Hastert is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the U.S. House. When he succeeded Newt Gingrich on January 6, 1999..."

http://www.house.gov/hastert/bio.shtml

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2007: Open-government and ethics watchdogs say that Mollohan and Hastert are part of a growing circle on Capitol Hill that is engaging in land deals as a path to wealth, and they argue that such transactions have the potential to benefit from legislators' political connections and official actions.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/14/AR2007061402342.html

October 2006: With elections looming, there has been talk of reform. In January, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) called for a ban on such trips and gifts, but come May he was happy to settle for the sham cleanup proposed by the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act — which would offer optional ethics classes for congressmen but allow them to go on accepting gifts.

http://www.smartmoney.com/10things/index.cfm?story=november2006

December 2006: The House ethics committee concluded yesterday that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and his top staff probably knew for months, if not years, of then-Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contact with former House pages but did nothing to protect the teenagers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/08/AR2006120800908.html

October 2006: But the broader tapestry of regulatory and tax exemptions for religious groups has gone largely unacknowledged. Indeed, some religious leaders and politicians — focusing not on these special accommodations but on issues like the display of religious icons on public land — argue that religious groups in America are targets of antagonism, not favoritism. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, in introducing a legislative agenda last July, said, “Radical courts have attempted to gut our religious freedom and redefine the value system on which America was built.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/business/08religious.html

October 2006: House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093001265.html

January 2006: With Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) formally removed from congressional leadership, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) took the next step yesterday in Republican efforts to distance the party from a growing corruption scandal, saying the House will move soon to tighten the rules governing lobbyists' access to lawmakers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/08/AR2006010800686.html

February 2005: Reid can be expected to continue to look out for these industries in his new leadership position -- just as House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has carefully protected the interests of Caterpillar Inc. and other Illinois-based companies.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52469-2005Jan31.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Northern Illinois University (NIU) Organization Jan 9, 2006
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) Wheaton College Organization Jan 9, 2006
Appointed/Selected L. Paul Bremer III, MBA Person Sep 30, 2006

Articles and Resources

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May 23, 2009 In Going After Pelosi, Gingrich Is Merely Squaring the Circle

QUOTE: Now, the Pelosi-Gingrich relationship has become one of more interesting subtexts of the furor.... rekindling the tension between the two and underscoring how in recent years both parties have waged war against the House speaker to advance their political goals.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2007 A Question of Credentials

QUOTE: How much background experience does a political appointee need to hold a senior job in a federal agency? That question has been raised in a lawsuit [that alleges] Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez ... violate[d] 1999 amendments to the Patent Act [in a recent hire].

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2007 Lawmakers Cashing In on Real Estate, Financial Reports Reveal

QUOTE: Open-government and ethics watchdogs say that Mollohan and Hastert are part of a growing circle on Capitol Hill that is engaging in land deals as a path to wealth, and they argue that such transactions have the potential to benefit from legislators' political connections and official actions.

Washington Post
Dec 09, 2006 Committee Says GOP Left Foley Unchecked: Ethics Panel Faults Many, Punishes None

QUOTE: The House ethics committee concluded yesterday that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and his top staff probably knew for months, if not years, of then-Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contact with former House pages but did nothing to protect the teenagers....But the ethics panel, officially known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, decided against taking any action against the leaders, aides or House officials involved

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2006 What Your Congressman Won't Tell You

QUOTE: ...historically, most [police] officers have operated under the mistaken impression that the Constitution prohibits arresting or even ticketing congressmen while Congress is in session.

Smart Money
Oct 08, 2006 In God’s Name: Secular Laws Cede to Religious Exemptions

QUOTE: In recent years, many politicians and commentators have cited what they consider a nationwide “war on religion” that exposes religious organizations to hostility and discrimination. But such organizations — from mainline Presbyterian and Methodist churches to mosques to synagogues to Hindu temples — enjoy an abundance of exemptions from regulations and taxes. And the number is multiplying rapidly.

New York Times
Oct 01, 2006 GOP Leader Rebuts Hastert on Foley: Reynolds: Speaker Knew of E-Mails in Spring

QUOTE: House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2006 More Immigration Demonstrations Planned: D.C. Rally to Draw From East Coast

QUOTE: After four months of relative quiet, immigration reform advocates are mobilizing a new round of protests in Washington and other cities to put pressure on a returning Congress and reinvigorate a Latino movement that awakened in massive demonstrations this spring.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2006 Congress to Adopt Scaled-Down Rules on Lobbying

QUOTE: Unable to agree on major lobbying and ethics legislation, Senate and House leaders have made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions of the measures as part of their rules so that lawmakers can claim that they responded to recent congressional scandals...But rank-and-file lawmakers resisted efforts to limit such lobbyist-provided perks, and interest groups began to pressure Congress to reject the harshest proposals.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2006 Lawmaker Criticized for PAC Fees Paid to Wife

QUOTE: In the past two years, campaign and political action committees controlled by Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) paid ever-larger commissions to his wife's one-person company and spent tens of thousands of dollars on gifts at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. and a Ritz-Carlton day spa.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2006 Lawmakers' Profits Are Scrutinized: Hastert and Others Defend Land Gains

QUOTE: Hastert and Reps. Ken Calvert and Gary Miller say that they were securing funds their home districts wanted badly, and that in no way did the earmarks have any impact on the land values of their investments. But for watchdog groups, the cases have opened a fresh avenue for investigation and a new wrinkle in the ongoing controversy over earmarks -- home-district projects funded through narrowly written legislative language.

Washington Post
Jun 17, 2006 Jefferson Loses Ways and Means Seat

QUOTE: The House officially expelled Rep. William J. Jefferson from a prestigious committee, ending a tug of war between the embattled Louisiana Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that had become tinged with political and racial overtones... Also yesterday, a federal judge hinted he may find that the May 20 FBI raid on Jefferson's Capitol Hill office was constitutional.

Washington Post
May 24, 2006 Search of Capitol Hill office creates another storm

QUOTE: the FBI had, for the first time, searched a congressional office...Typically, when there's a subpoena for congressional documents, it goes to the House or Senate legal counsel to make certain that congressional interests are being protected.

Christian Science Monitor
May 23, 2006 FBI Raid on Lawmaker's Office Is Questioned: Democrat Jefferson Denies Wrongdoing

QUOTE: An unusual FBI raid of a Democratic congressman's office over the weekend prompted complaints yesterday from leaders in both parties, who said the tactic was unduly aggressive and may have breached the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government.

Washington Post
May 04, 2006 Tax Deal Sets Day of Reckoning: Tough Choice on Deficit in Store for President, Congress in 2011

QUOTE: ...synchronizing the tax-cut expiration dates will have a positive impact, forcing politicians to confront what they so far have refused to acknowledge: the mathematical disconnect between government spending and a tax system that can no longer finance those programs.

Washington Post
Apr 28, 2006 Ethics Bill Clears the House in Tight Vote: Last-Minute Deal Saves Measure

QUOTE: The House narrowly cleared the way yesterday to vote on an overhaul of congressional lobbying rules after hours of contentious, closed-door meetings yielded a Republican agreement to broaden measures to rein in home-district pet projects and other narrow special-interest amendments.

Washington Post
Mar 16, 2006 GOP Seeks Curbs On '527' Groups

QUOTE: House Republican leaders proposed changes in lobbying laws yesterday that would include a crackdown on independent, big-money committees that heavily aided Democrats in the 2004 elections. The proposed ethics package would increase the amount of information that lobbyists must disclose and would, at least temporarily, cut off privately financed travel for lawmakers. The bill would also force lawmakers to disclose the pet projects they are seeking for their home districts.

Washington Post
Feb 24, 2006 Role of Sen. Dole's Husband at Issue

QUOTE: ...called on Sen. Dole to remove herself from "any congressional oversight" of the Dubai port deal. "The fact that Dubai is paying her husband to help pass the deal presents both a financial and ethical conflict of interest for Senator Dole,"...

Washington Post
Feb 22, 2006 Bush Threatens Veto Against Bid To Stop Port Deal: State-Run Arab Firm Poses No Threat, President Says Amid Bipartisan Criticism

QUOTE: President Bush yesterday strongly defended an Arab company's attempt to take over the operation of seaports in Baltimore and five other cities...

Washington Post
Feb 06, 2006 Boehner Opposes Sweeping Changes In Lobbyist Work

QUOTE: Newly elected House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he opposed efforts to ban privately funded travel for members of Congress and provisions in spending bills that fund lawmakers' pet projects.

Washington Post

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