HASTERT, John Dennis

HASTERT, John Dennis
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1942–

Biography

HASTERT, John Dennis, a Representative from Illinois; born in Aurora, Kane County, Ill., January 2, 1942; B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., 1964; M.S., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.,1967; teacher; athletic coach; business owner; member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1980-1986; elected as a Republican to the One Hundredth and to the ten succeeding Congresses until his resignation on November 26, 2007 (January 3, 1987-November 26, 2007); Speaker of the House (One Hundred Sixth through One Hundred Ninth Congresses).

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1981-1986, 4 linear feet. The collection contains correspondence, press releases, and memoranda primarily concerned with contitutents' views on legislative issues and Dennis Hastert's work on various committees and commissions in the Illinois House of Representatives. Organized into six files: Subject File, 1981-1982; Constituents' Correspondence File, 1981-1986; Subject File, 1981-1986 [1983-1986]; Bill File, 1985-1986; Correspondence File, 1984-1985; and Correspondence File, 1985-1986.

Wheaton College
Archives & Special Collections, Buswell Memorial Library

Wheaton, IL
Papers: ca. 1882-2007, 201 linear feet.. The J. Dennis Hastert Papers are organized into six series and several sub-series: Committee/Subject Files, House Leadership/Speaker files, Correspondence, Personal/Office files, Press files, and Media. Committee/Subject Files include various Congressional committees and issues pertinent during Hastert's tenure in office: Agriculture, Drugs, Economy, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health Care, Housing, Immigration, National Security, Social Security, Telecommunications, and Transportation. House Leadership/Speaker files include appointments, floor operations, and Republican Conference and Steering Committee issues. Personal/Office files include special events, travel and Congressional Delegations, Gifts & Memorabilia. Media includes thousands of photographs and dozens of audio/video holdings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Related Media

Busy Life of a Speaker

Speaker Hastert discusses the hectic schedules of modern-day Speakers of the House.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded May 1, 2012 Deed of Gift

Symbolism and the Speakership

Speaker Hastert explains the symbolism in his portrait.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded May 1, 2012 Deed of Gift

Making Difficult Decisions


Speaker Hastert discusses the role of the Speaker in a time of great uncertainty.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interview recorded January 4, 2012 Deed of Gift

Unintended Consequences

Speaker Hastert reflects on the consequences of the attacks on American society.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interview recorded January 4, 2012 Deed of Gift

Speaker Hastert and the Morning of the Attacks

Speaker Hastert recounts his memories from the morning of the attacks.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interview recorded January 4, 2012 Deed of Gift

Canceling the House Session

Speaker Hastert discusses his decision to cancel the morning session of the House.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interview recorded January 4, 2012 Deed of Gift

Speaking with the President

Speaker Hastert recounts his discussion with President George W. Bush about holding a Joint Session of Congress.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interview recorded January 4, 2012 Deed of Gift

Buzzer System

Speaker Hastert discusses his familiarity with the buzzer system of the House.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded May 1, 2012 Deed of Gift

Impact of New Electronic Devices

Speaker Hastert reflects on the impact of technological advancements on the House.

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded May 1, 2012 Deed of Gift