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|59th Speaker of the United States
House of Representatives
January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2007
George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Newt Gingrich|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Pelosi|
|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Bob Walker|
|Succeeded by||Roy Blunt|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
January 3, 1987 – November 26, 2007
|Preceded by||John Grotberg|
|Succeeded by||Bill Foster|
John Dennis Hastert
January 2, 1942
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
|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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Hastert (top right) during President George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union address.
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