Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert REPRepublican

American politician and convicted criminal

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Dennis HastertREPRepublican American politician and convicted criminal
81
Years of Age
27
Years of Experience
ILResidence (state)

John Dennis Hastert (born January 2, 1942) is an American politician and sex offender who represented Illinois's 14th congressional district from 1987 to 2007 and served as the 51st speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. The longest-serving Republican speaker of the House in history, Hastert resigned and began work as a lobbyist after the Democrats gained a majority in the chamber in 2007. In 2016 he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the sexual abuse of teenage boys.From 1965 to 1981, Hastert was a high school teacher and coach at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois. He lost a 1980 bid for the Illinois House of Representatives but ran again and won a seat in 1981. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986 and was re-elected every two years until he retired in 2007. Hastert rose through the Republican ranks in the House, becoming chief deputy whip in 1995 and speaker in 1999. As speaker of the House, Hastert supported the George W. Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies. After Democrats took control of the House in 2007 following the 2006 elections, Hastert declined to seek the position of minority leader, resigned his House seat, and became a lobbyist at the firm of Dickstein Shapiro. In May 2015, Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false statements to federal investigators. Federal prosecutors said that the funds withdrawn by Hastert were used as hush money to conceal his past sexual misconduct.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
Northern Illinois University
Master of Science
1967
Oswego High School
Wheaton College
Bachelor of Arts
1964
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1986 - 2007
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
1999 - 2007
Chief Deputy Majority Whip
United States House of Representatives
1994 - 1999
Dole Delegate
1996
Representative
Illinois States House of Representatives
1980 - 1986
Teacher
Yorkville High School
1964 - 1980
Former Partner
Family Restaurant Business
Other Experience1 - 15 of 15
Board Member
Joseph Corporation, Aurora Il
Board of Directors
Aurora Family Support Center
Experience
Ducks Unlimited
Experience
Yorkville Lions Club
Chair
Speaker's Steering Committee on Health
Chair
Resource Group on Health
Chair
House Working Group on Health Care Quality
Experience
Congressional Grace Caucus
Experience
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Experience
National Republican Congressional Committee
Experience
Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
Experience
Congressional Human Rights Caucus
Experience
Republican Policy Committee
Experience
National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
Experience
Minor League Baseball Caucus