Report: Boehner would allow House vote to avoid default

Report: Boehner would allow House vote to avoid default

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has told colleagues he will allow a House vote on raising the federal debt limit, GOP House members said Thursday.
The Issue: Immigration reform

The Issue: Immigration reform

Based on the rhetoric coming from some sectors, one would think immigration is a new concept in the United States, a position at odds with the centuries-old description of the country as a nation of immigrants.
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Hastert 'majority of the majority' rule wielded in immigration debate

Hastert 'majority of the majority' rule wielded in immigration debate

The unofficial rule of not bringing up a bill for a vote in the U.S. House unless a majority of the majority party supports it -- the so-called Hastert rule -- has pushed to the fore recently as a coterie of Republicans say they want the tradition invoked concerning any immigration reform legislation.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Former U.S. House historian dies of stroke

CHICAGO, April 3 (UPI) -- Robert Remini, a former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, has died of a stroke at the age of 91, the University of Illinois announced.
Report: Hastert uses office for business

Report: Hastert uses office for business

YORKVILLE, Ill., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker-turned-lobbyist Dennis Hastert is using a taxpayer-funded office for outside work, a Chicago Tribune investigation found.
Former speaker Hastert donates land

Former speaker Hastert donates land

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and his wife have donated a conservation easement on land they own in Wisconsin, conservationists said.
Boehner: No 'majority of majority' rule

Boehner: No 'majority of majority' rule

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner said Friday he does not want to have "hard rules and hard walls" on what bills get to the floor.
Dems poised to sweep House, Senate

Dems poised to sweep House, Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic Sen. Barack Obama may win the U.S. presidency narrowly Tuesday, or he may win by a big margin. But either way -- and even if Republican contender Sen. John McCain pulls off an upset -- the outlook for Republicans in Congress is dire.

Hastert to become Washington lobbyist

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., will begin working as a Washington lobbyist, his soon-to-be employer announced.

McCain keeps sons' military service quiet

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain cites his own war experience but has wisely opted not to use his sons' military service for political benefit, one supporter says.

Pentagon balks at gay spouse travel

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The Pentagon balked at U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin's domestic partner accompanying her on a military flight for a congressional trip to Europe, officials said.

Foster: Dems pushing for renewable energy

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Rookie U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., said Saturday Democratic lawmakers are focusing their efforts on renewable energy despite opposition in Washington.

Chicago area firm hires Hastert

CHICAGO, March 24 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago firm has hired former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., as a strategic adviser.

Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., to retire

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds said he will not seek another term in his upstate New York district, becoming the 29th Republican member of the U.S. House to retire.

Republicans have a bad week

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Republicans had a run of bad luck last week that could have repercussions for the GOP come Election Day, The Washington Post said Sunday.
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Dennis Hastert
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) stands alongside his official portrait and an unveiling ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert (pronounced /ˈhæstərt/; born January 2, 1942) is an American politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007, representing Illinois's 14th congressional district, and served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007.

Originally elevated to the Speakership on January 6, 1999, he surpassed Joseph Gurney Cannon as the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history on June 1, 2006. Hastert was reelected to an eleventh term in Congress in the 2006 general election, defeating former United States Navy intelligence analyst John Laesch. However, the Republican Party lost its majority in the House and Hastert did not seek a leadership position in the 110th Congress. He resigned his seat mid-session on November 26, 2007. Hastert endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination before Romney withdrew from the race.

Hastert was born in Aurora, Illinois and grew up in Oswego, Illinois. He is of Luxembourgish ancestry. Dennis was the eldest of three sons of Naomi and Jack Hastert. As a young man he worked in the Plainfield, Illinois, family restaurant "The Clock Tower" as a fry cook. He briefly attended North Central College but graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1964, and earned a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University, in 1967. Although Hastert was high school "football and wrestling star" and a wrestler at Wheaton College in the 1960s, he was later injured, and as a result never served in Vietnam. After a stint teaching English in Osaka, Japan, he moved to Yorkville in 1964, 55 miles (89 km) west of Chicago, and took a job as a government and history teacher at Yorkville High School from 1964 to 1980. He also coached wrestling and football, leading the wrestling team to a state title in 1976. His family owns the locally famous fried chicken restaurant, "The White Fence Farm," in Bolingbrook, Ill.

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