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.

Democrat wins Hastert's district in Ill.

AURORA, Ill., March 8 (UPI) -- Democrat Bill Foster, a political newcomer, won a special election Saturday in the Illinois congressional district of Republican former Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Oberweis Dairy sues Democratic committee

CHICAGO, March 7 (UPI) -- Illinois company Oberweis Dairy filed an injunction request to stop the Democratic committee from airing ads that claim the company employs illegal immigrants.
Hastert nominated to CME Group board

Hastert nominated to CME Group board

CHICAGO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has been asked to join the board of CME Group Inc., owners of the Chicago Board of Trade.

Republicans exit Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. political strategists say a financial gap and numerous retirements complicate the 2008 congressional landscape for the Republican Party.

Hastert says 'Goodbye, friends'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, said farewell to his colleagues on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Hastert to leave Congress early

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has informed House GOP leadership he intends to resign this year, relinquishing the rest of his term, it was reported Wednesday.

Report: Ex-House speaker Hastert to resign

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The longest-serving Republican U.S. House of Representatives speaker in history, Dennis Hastert of Illinois, is about to resign his seat, CNN reported Thursday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007.
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Hastert makes official announcement

YORKVILLE, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Rep. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, made it official Friday, announcing he has no plans to seek an 11th term.

Hastert won't seek another term

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker ever, announced Tuesday he is leaving Congress after his current term.

Sgt-at-arms says he requested Pelosi plane

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. House sergeant-at-arms says he and not Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked for a larger plane for her personal use to travel cross-country non-stop.

Ex-U.S. House speaker home after surgery

CHICAGO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., has returned to his home in Plano., Ill., from a Chicago hospital after gallbladder surgery. Hastert, 65, told Friday's Chicago Tribune he planned to return to his regular duties in Washington as soon as h

Report: Pelosi seeking military flights

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is seeking to use military aircraft for domestic flights as did her predecessor, Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

Hastert recovers from gall bladder surgery

CHICAGO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., says the former House Speaker is recuperating in Chicago after having his gall bladder removed. Spokesman Brad Hahn told the Elgin (Ill.) Courier News 65-year-old Hastert had the surgery Friday at Rush Uni
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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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