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|Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives|
January 8, 1997
|Preceded by||Lee A. Daniels|
January 12, 1983 – January 11, 1995
|Governor||James R. Thompson
|Preceded by||Arthur Allen Telcser|
|Succeeded by||Lee A. Daniels|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
January 13, 1971
|Born||April 19, 1942
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.
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.
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