J. Dennis Hastert
J. Dennis Hastert, M.C., born January 2, 1942 (age 77), was the Speaker of the House (1999-2007), preceding Nancy Pelosi and succeeding Newt Gingrich, and was a Republican Representative from Illinois.
On November 26, 2007, Hastert submitted his resignation to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Hastert wanted to give the governor sufficient time to set a special primary election for February 5, 2008 so that voters could pick candidates to run for the remainder of his term, which was to end in January 2009.
In 2015, Hastert was indicted on a charges related to illegal financial practices that were linked to payoffs of a man that Hastert had allegedly sexually abused. In 2016, he admitted to sexually abusing several teenage boys and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegally structuring bank transactions to cover up the abuse.
- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Submits Official Resignation Letter to Illinois Governor, Associated Press, Fox News, November 27, 2007.
- "Ex-Speaker Hastert reportedly paying to conceal sexual misconduct," Fox News, 29 May 2015
- "Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse," New York Times, 27 April 2016
- http://www.house.gov/hastert/ Official website