J. Dennis Hastert

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Congressman Hastert opening the 108th Congress

J. Dennis Hastert, M.C., born January 2, 1942 (age 82), 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]


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