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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..."

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.


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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Jan 09, 2006 Hastert Moves to Tighten Rules on Lobbyists

QUOTE: 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.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2005 GOP Leaders Urge Probe in Prisons Leak

QUOTE: Congress's top Republican leaders yesterday demanded an immediate joint House and Senate investigation into the disclosure of classified information to The Washington Post that detailed a web of secret prisons being used to house and interrogate terrorism suspects.

Washington Post
May 05, 2005 House GOP to Consider Tougher Lobbying Rules

QUOTE: House Republican leaders, hoping to head off a war of ethics charges that could leave both parties wounded, said yesterday that they will consider tightening the rules on lobbying and travel and possibly grant amnesty for minor violations in order to preclude hundreds of potential investigations.

Washington Post
Feb 03, 2005 Loyalist Named to Replace Ethics Chief

QUOTE: Republican officials have spent months taking steps to ensure DeLay's political survival in case he is indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating political fundraising, and House leadership aides said they needed to have the ethics committee controlled by lawmakers they can trust.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2005 Balancing Nevada, National Interests: Reid Protects Gaming and Mining Industries While Advancing Democratic Agenda

QUOTE: Like former Democratic leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.), Reid at times has had to balance his party's national political agenda against his state's more parochial economic interests.

Washington Post
Nov 27, 2004 Hastert Launches a Partisan Policy

QUOTE: ...Speaker J. Dennis Hastert last week enunciated a policy in which Congress will pass bills only if most House Republicans back them, regardless of how many Democrats favor them.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2004 House Republicans Act to Protect DeLay

QUOTE: Emboldened by their election success, House Republicans changed their rules yesterday to allow Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) to keep his post even if a grand jury indicts him, and Senate GOP leaders continued to weigh changing long-standing rules governing filibusters to prevent Democrats from blocking President Bush's most conservative judicial nominees.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2004 Tying Kerry to Terror Tests Rhetorical Limits

QUOTE: President Bush and leading Republicans are increasingly charging that Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry and others in his party are giving comfort to terrorists and undermining the war in Iraq ...

Washington Post
Jun 24, 2004 Pelosi Seeks House Minority 'Bill of Rights'

QUOTE: House Democrats' anger at heavy-handed Republican tactics reached a new level yesterday, with the chamber's top Democrat asking the House speaker to embrace a "Bill of Rights" for the minority, regardless which party it is.

Washington Post
May 16, 2004 Pioneers Fill War Chest, Then Capitalize

QUOTE: Of the 246 fundraisers [for Bush] identified by The Post as Pioneers in the 2000 campaign, 104 -- or slightly more than 40 percent -- ended up in a job or an appointment.

Washington Post
Mar 30, 2004 House Opposition To Expensing of Options Increases

QUOTE: ...a House bill that would block a new rule by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to count options as an expense has picked up key support from the Republican and Democratic leadership.

Washington Post
Mar 26, 2004 GOP Leaders Seek Release of Clarke's 2002 Testimony

QUOTE: The Senate's top Republican called yesterday for declassifying Richard A. Clarke's testimony before a House-Senate intelligence panel two years ago to determine whether he lied, as partisan exchanges intensified over allegations leveled this week by the Bush administration's former counterterrorism chief.

Washington Post
Nov 07, 2003 With Medicare Bill Stalled, House Speaker Prods Panel

QUOTE: ...Republican-sponsored Medicare drug bill that addresses the future of the health insurance program for the elderly. He characterized the bait as being the promise of new drug benefits but said that Republicans then would privatize Medicare and cap spending.

New York Times
Jun 20, 2003 A Washington Bouquet: Hire a Lawmaker's Kid

QUOTE: These days, when a corporation or interest group wants support from a key member of Congress, it often hires a member of the lawmaker's family.

Los Angeles Times
Mar 17, 2003 Congress Questions Cost of War-Related Aid: Some Lawmakers Skeptical of 'Emergency' Requests for Assistance to Cooperating Nations

QUOTE: As country after country demands money and military aid from the Bush administration in return for cooperation in the struggle against Iraq and terrorism, the price tag is growing and some in Congress have begun questioning the strategy.

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2002 Bid to Delay New Emissions Rule Fails

QUOTE: Companies Face Penalties for Not Complying With Tough Standards for Diesel Trucks

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2002 House Votes 420 to 1 to Expel Traficant

QUOTE: The House voted overwhelmingly last night to expel Rep. James A. Traficant, an Ohio Democrat who faces a likely prison term on felony convictions for bribery and corruption.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2002 Senate Votes to Curb Insider Lending

QUOTE: The Senate yesterday voted to restrict companies from lending money to their officers and directors, taking aim at the kind of insider borrowing President Bush now condemns but once practiced.

Washington Post

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