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Michael Madigan
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Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 8, 1997
Governor Jim Edgar
George Ryan
Rod Blagojevich
Pat Quinn
Bruce Rauner
Preceded by Lee A. Daniels
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 11, 1995
Governor James R. Thompson
Jim Edgar
Preceded by Arthur Allen Telcser
Succeeded by Lee A. Daniels
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
January 13, 1971
Personal details
Born April 19, 1942 (1942-04-19) (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Shirley Madigan
Profession Attorney

Michael J. Madigan (born April 19, 1942) is the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. A Democrat, he has held the position of Speaker of the House for all but two years since 1983—those two years being a brief interregnum of Republican majority and is the longest serving Speaker. He has been a member of the Illinois House since 1971, and currently represents the 22nd district. He is known for having a rough relationship with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Early life

Madigan was born on April 19, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at University of Notre Dame and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Speaker of the House of Illinois

He has been Speaker of the Illinois House since 1982, with the exception of 1995–1996 when Republicans took control of the chamber. Madigan engineered a Democratic comeback and regained his majority at the elections of November 1996, which he continues to defend today. He has feuded with other Democratic leaders since 2002 – when Democrats took control of all branches of the state government – most notably Governor Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones.

One of Madigan's chief Democratic deputies in the House is Gary Hannig, who often handles budget issues.

Personal life

Madigan is married to Shirley Madigan. They had one daughter. His daughter is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.


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