House vote on Australia trade deal this summer

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert plans to hold a vote on a newly signed free trade deal between the United States and Australia sometime this summer.

Hastert promises oil for food inquiry

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Thursday that congressional probes into the U.N.'s Iraqi oil-for-food program would continue.

House approves third highway fund extension

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. House approved a two-month extension of federal highway funding Wednesday as GOP leaders look to a deal with the White House on future funding.

Transpiration negotiations anger Hill Dems

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has decided to avoid a politically damaging fight over a highway funding bill President Bush has threatened to veto.

White House nixes idea of tax limits

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- The Bush White House is charging into the Hill battle over the 2005 U.S. budget resolution by proposing enforcement rules that do not impact tax cuts.

The Bear's Lair: Lobbyists of fraud

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- For sheer chutzpah, Intel chief executive officer Craig Barrett's Wednesday piece in the Wall Street Journal, explaining why he opposed expensing stock options,

Hastert: White House economic message lax

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert says GOP lawmakers are concerned that the Bush White House is failing in its effort to sell the president's economic successes.

Pelosi demands apology from GOP aide

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- House Minority leader, Rep. Nancy Peolosi, D-Calif., has demanded an apology from a GOP spokesman for calling her an appeaser of Saddam Hussein.

Hastert names Shaw, McKeon to aging panel

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Monday named U.S. Reps. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. and E. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., to the White House Conference on Aging.

House ethics panel pushed to probe GOP

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- An unlikely group of bipartisan critics is pushing the House Ethics Committee to investigate its Republican leaders.

Hastert tells Kerry: Stop scaring seniors

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., waded into the presidential debate Tuesday, accusing Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., of scaring senior citizens.

Kerry hits Medicare Rx drug plan

EVANSTON, Ill., March 9 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry criticized Medicare prescription drug reforms he says will help pharmaceutical companies more than seniors.

Dems win Kentucky House seat

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Democrats Tuesday celebrated Ben Chandler's surprise U.S. House of Representatives victory in Kentucky.

Transportation agency closure avoided

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate approved a two-month extension of federal highway funding late Friday, averting a possible shutdown of several transportation agency programs.

Global View: Truth, jobs--and the election

"The truth hurts!" my mother was fond of saying. In an election year it hurts particularly and is not required.
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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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