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|Chair of the Illinois Democratic Party|
April 3, 1998
|Preceded by||Gary LaPaille|
|67th and 69th Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives|
January 8, 1997 – January 13, 2021
J. B. Pritzker
|Preceded by||Lee Daniels|
|Succeeded by||Emanuel Chris Welch|
January 12, 1983 – January 11, 1995
|Governor||James R. Thompson
|Preceded by||Arthur Telcser|
|Succeeded by||Lee Daniels|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
January 13, 1971
|Preceded by||Frank Savickas|
|Constituency||27th district (1971–83)
30th district (1983–93)
22nd district (1993–present)
Michael Joseph Madigan
April 19, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Children||4, including Lisa (adopted)|
|Education||University of Notre Dame (B.A.)
Loyola University (J.D.)
Michael J. Madigan (born April 19, 1942) is an American politician. He was 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.
On January 11, 2021, Madigan announced he would be ending his bid to be elected to a nineteenth term as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.
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.
He is the longest-serving leader of any state or federal legislative body in the history of the United States, having held the position for all but two years since 1983.
In January 2021, Madigan refused to run for State House Speaker again following bribery allegations.
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