After being convicted of financial crimes related to repeated incidents of child molestation , [2] he became the highest-ranking elected official in U. He lost a bid for the Illinois House of Representatives , but ran again and won a seat in He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in , and was re-elected every two years until he retired in Hastert rose through the Republican ranks in the House, becoming chief deputy whip in and Speaker in Bush administration 's foreign and domestic policies.

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After being convicted of financial crimes related to repeated incidents of child molestation , [2] he became the highest-ranking elected official in U. He lost a bid for the Illinois House of Representatives , but ran again and won a seat in He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in , and was re-elected every two years until he retired in Hastert rose through the Republican ranks in the House, becoming chief deputy whip in and Speaker in Bush administration 's foreign and domestic policies.

After Democrats took control of the House in following the elections , Hastert declined to seek the position of minority leader, resigned his House seat, and became a lobbyist at the firm of Dickstein Shapiro. On May 28, , 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 Federal prosecutors said that the funds withdrawn by Hastert were used as hush money to conceal past sexual misconduct by Hastert.

In October , Hastert entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, Hastert pleaded guilty to the structuring charge a felony ; the charge of making false statements was dropped.

Hastert grew up in a rural Illinois farming community. His middle-class family owned a farm supply business and a family farm; Hastert bagged and hauled feed and performed farm chores. Hastert briefly attended North Central College , but later transferred to Wheaton College , a Christian liberal arts college. Hastert continued to visit Parnalee's family each year in Michigan. In , Hastert graduated from Wheaton with a B. Hastert was employed by Yorkville Community Unit School District for 16 years, from to Hastert was a Boy Scout volunteer with Explorer Post of Yorkville for 17 years, during his time as a schoolteacher and coach.

In , Hastert married a fellow teacher at the high school, Jean Kahl, with whom he had two sons. Hastert considered applying to become an assistant principal at the school, but then decided to enter politics, although at the time "he knew nothing about politics.

Hastert lost a Republican primary for the Illinois House of Representatives , but showed a talent for campaigning, and after the election, volunteered for an influential state senator , John E. Hastert served three terms in the state House. In , at the urging of Governor James R. Thompson , Hastert developed a plan to deregulate Illinois utility companies. Meanwhile, Hastert's political mentor Grotberg had been elected to Congress as the representative from Illinois's 14th district , but fell ill with cancer in , and was unable to run for a second term.

Hastert was then reelected in his Fox Valley -centered district several times, by wider margins, aided by his role in redistricting following the Census. Following the House banking scandal , which broke in , it was revealed that Hastert had bounced 44 checks during the period under investigation. Michel , Hastert rose through the Republican ranks in the House, and in after the Republicans gained control of the House and Newt Gingrich became Speaker , Hastert became chief deputy whip.

Hastert developed a close relationship with Tom DeLay , the House majority whip, and was widely seen as DeLay's deputy. Hastert later managed DeLay's successful campaign to become whip.

On the eve of his elevation to Speaker, Hastert was described as "deeply conservative at heart" by the Associated Press. He spearheaded the GOP's fight against using sampling techniques to take the next census. The American Conservative Union gave him an The League of Conservation Voters rated him a Hastert criticized the Clinton administration 's plans to conduct the Census using sampling techniques.

Hastert was the "House Republicans' leader on anti-narcotics efforts" [28] and was a strong supporter of the War on Drugs. In redistricting following the Census, Hastert brokered a deal with Democratic Representative William Lipinski , also from Illinois, that "protected the reelection prospects of almost every Illinois incumbent.

Hastert served on the following House committees and in the following House positions. This list does not include subcommittee assignments or positions within the Republican Conference. In the aftermath of the midterm elections , where the GOP lost five House seats and failed to make a net gain of seats in the Senate, House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia stepped down from the speakership and declined to take his seat for an 11th term.

In mid-December, Representative Robert L. Livingston of Louisiana — the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Speaker-designate — stated in a dramatic surprise announcement on the House floor that he would not become Speaker, following widely publicized revelations of his extramarital affairs.

Although he reportedly had no warning of Livingston's decision to step aside, Hastert "began lobbying on the House floor within moments" of Livingston's announcement, and by the afternoon of that day had secured the public backing of the House Republican leadership, including Gingrich, DeLay who was "viewed as too partisan to step into the role of Speaker" and Dick Armey who was "viewed as too weak" and was damaged by party infighting.

In accepting the position, Hastert broke the tradition that the new speaker deliver his first address from the speaker's chair, instead delivering his seventeen-minute acceptance speech from the floor. Nevertheless, in November , Hastert instituted what became known as the Hastert Rule or " majority of the majority " rule , which was an informal, self-imposed political practice of allowing the House to vote on only those bills that were supported by the majority of its Republican members.

The practice received criticism as an unduly partisan measure both at the time it was adopted and in the subsequent years. Congressional expert Norm Ornstein writes that Hastert "blew up" the House's "regular order," which is "a mix of rules and norms that allows debate, deliberation, and amendments in committees and on the House floor, that incorporates and does not shut out the minority even if it still loses most of the time , that takes bills that pass both houses to a conference committee to reconcile differences, [and] that allows time for members and staff to read, digest, and analyze bills.

The House is a very partisan institution, with rules structured to give even tiny majorities enormous leverage. But Hastert took those realities to a new and more tribalized, partisan plane. Hastert adopted a much lower profile in the media than conventional wisdom would suggest for a Speaker. This led to accusations that he was only a figurehead for DeLay.

DeLay stepped down as majority leader and was replaced in that post by Roy Blunt ; DeLay resigned from Congress the following year. Throughout his term, Hastert was a strong supporter of the George W. Hastert was described as a Bush loyalist who worked closely with the White House to shepherd Bush's agenda through Congress, [10] [58] The two frequently praised each other, expressed mutual respect, and had a close working relationship, even during the controversy over Representative Mark Foley sending sexually explicit text messages to teenage male pages.

In March , soon after Hastert's elevation to the speakership, the Washington Post , in a front-page story, reported that Hastert "has begun offering industry lobbyists the kind of deal they like: private audiences where, for a price, they can voice their views on what kind of agenda the th Congress should pursue.

Hastert was known as a frequent critic of Bill Clinton , and immediately upon assuming the speakership, he "played a lead role" in the impeachment of the president.

In , Hastert announced he would support an Armenian Genocide resolution. Analysts noted that at the time there was a tight congressional race in California, in which the large Armenian community might be important in favor of the Republican incumbent. The resolution, vehemently opposed by Turkey, had passed the Human Rights Subcommittee of the House and the International Relations Committee but Hastert, although first supporting it, withdrew the resolution on the eve of the full House vote.

He explained this by saying that he had received a letter from Clinton asking him to withdraw it, because it would harm U. Hastert stated in the House in October that he believed there was "a direct connection between Iraq and al-Qaeda " and that the U. As speaker, Hastert also oversaw the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of , a major education bill; the Bush tax cuts in and legislation ; and the Homeland Security Act of , which reorganized the government and created the Department of Homeland Security.

In , Hastert again feuded with McCain amid conflict between the House and the Senate over the budget. Hastert was key to the passage in November of key Medicare legislation which created Medicare Part D , a prescription-drug benefit.

Hoyer saying: "They are corrupting the practices of the House. In , Hoyer called upon Hastert to initiate a House Ethics Committee investigation into statements by Representative Nick Smith , a Republican of Michigan , who stated that groups and lawmakers had offered support for his son's campaign for Congress in exchange for Smith's support of the Medicare bill.

On October 27, , Hastert became the first Speaker to author a blog. This is new to me. I can't say I'm much of a techie. I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks. But I'm excited. This is the future.

And it is a new way for us to get our message out. On June 1, , Hastert became the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history, surpassing the record previously held by fellow Illinoisan Joseph Gurney Cannon , who held the post from November to March In , following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Hastert told an Illinois newspaper that "It looks like a lot of that place [referring to New Orleans ] could be bulldozed" and stated that spending billions of dollars to rebuild the devastated city "doesn't make sense to me.

Hastert later said that he donated the proceeds from one of the antique cars he sold at the auction to hurricane-relief efforts. The article states, "the targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information.

In December , the House Ethics Committee determined that Hastert and other congressional leaders were "willfully ignorant" in responding to early warnings of the Mark Foley congressional page scandal , but did not violate any House rules. Palmer , Hastert's chief of staff, to Foley's inappropriate advances toward congressional pages in or , asking congressional leadership to intervene.

Reynolds stated that they told Hastert about Foley's conduct in spring Hastert took an unusually active role advancing the bill, even though it was opposed by a majority of area residents and by the Illinois Department of Transportation. However, public documents only named Ingemunson, who was the Kendall County Republican Party chairman and Hastert's personal attorney and longtime friend.

In , after Hastert had departed from Congress, the highway project was killed after federal regulators retracted the approval of an environmental impact statement for the project and agreed to an Illinois Department of Transportation request to redirect the funds for other projects. Jefferson 's Capitol Hill office in connection with a corruption investigation. Hastert issued a lengthy statement saying that the raid violated the separation of powers , and later complained directly to President Bush about the matter.

Before the election , Hastert expressed his intent to seek reelection as Speaker if the Republicans maintained control of the House. Hastert was reelected for an eleventh term to his seat in the House with nearly 60 percent of the vote, but that year the Republicans lost control of both the Senate and the House to the Democrats following a wave of voter discontent with the Iraq War, the Federal response to Hurricane Katrina, and a series of scandals among congressional Republicans.

In October , following months of rumors that Hastert would not serve out his term, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Hastert had decided to resign from the House before the end of the year, triggering a special election. On November 15, , Hastert delivered a farewell speech on the House floor, emphasizing the need for civility in politics; Hastert's speech was followed by remarks from Pelosi praising Hastert's service.

Financial disclosure documents indicate that Hastert made a fortune from land deals during his time in Congress. In the special election in March to fill the rest of Hastert's unexpired term, Foster won a surprise victory over Oberweis. In May , six months after resigning from Congress, the Washington, D. According to Foreign Agents Registration Act filings, Hastert represented foreign governments, including the government of Luxembourg and government of Turkey.

In March , Hastert along with his associate accompanied by several lobbyist associates, including former Representative William D. Delahunt of Massachusetts took advantage of his privilege as a former lawmaker to be present in the Senate Reception Room near the Senate chamber, "lingering" and "bantering with senators and other passersby" during a vote on whether to retain the fuel standard mandating the blending of ethanol and other alternative fuels with gasoline, as advocated by Hastert's client Fuels America the ethanol industry trade group.

The day the indictment was unsealed, Hastert resigned his lobbyist position at Dickstein Shapiro, and his biography was removed from the firm's website.

A controversy arose in regarding Hastert's receipt of federal funds while a lobbyist. The federally funded benefits were legally required to be completely separate from Hastert's simultaneous lobbying activities for Dickstein Shapiro. A Hastert spokesman stated that the two offices were completely separate. In , Hastert's former business partner J.


Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

Dennis Hastert, a former Illinois congressman, appeared in federal court in Chicago to plead not guilty to charges that he structured cash withdrawals from banks to avoid detection and then lied to federal investigators about it. Hastert used the money to pay a former student — known only as Individual A — to not disclose that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, people briefed on the federal investigation have said. In an indictment made public on May 28, Mr. Hastert, a former high school teacher and coach who became the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, was charged with making cash withdrawals in a manner intended to avoid detection by bank officials — a practice known as structuring — then lying about the purpose of the withdrawals to the federal authorities.


Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges

Former U. Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert was charged Thursday with attempting to evade banks' reporting requirements and lying to the FBI about his actions. The charges also allege that he lied to the FBI about his actions. Hastert, a Republican who represented Illinois' 14th Congressional District, was speaker of the House from to And, when questioned about his activities, he then said that he was keeping the money, the indictment says.


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