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Dennis Hastert
59th Speaker of the United States
House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2007
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Newt Gingrich
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Leader Newt Gingrich
Preceded by Bob Walker
Succeeded by Roy Blunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – November 26, 2007
Preceded by John Grotberg
Succeeded by Bill Foster
Personal details
John Dennis Hastert

(1942-01-02) January 2, 1942 (age 80)
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Kahl
Alma mater North Central College
Wheaton College, Illinois
Northern Illinois University

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert ( born January 2, 1942) is a former American politician who served as the 51st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. He represented Illinois's 14th congressional district for twenty years, 1987 to 2007.

On May 28, 2015, Hastert was indicted by federal prosecutors. The legal charges against him were that he did not follow a law that says banks should report cash transactions over $10,000, and that he made false statements to the FBI about his withdrawals, in a hush money scheme designed to cover up serial child molestation that Hastert had committed when he was a high school wrestling coach. He was found guilty on April 27, 2016 and was sentenced to two years in prison.


Hastert was born on January 2, 1942, in Aurora, Illinois. He grew up in rural Illinois. He graduate from Wheaton College in 1964. His degree was in economics. In 1967 he got a masters in philosophy of education from Northern Illinois University.

After leaving government, he returned to rural Illinois. Hastert now lives in Plano, Illinois.

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