MICHEL, Robert Henry

MICHEL, Robert Henry
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1923– 2017


MICHEL, Robert Henry, a Representative from Illinois; born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., March 2, 1923; attended the public schools; served with the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment as a combat infantryman in England, France, Belgium, and Germany from February 10, 1943, to January 26, 1946; was wounded by machine gun fire; awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and four battle stars; B.S., Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., 1948; administrative assistant to Representative Harold Velde, 1949-1956; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1964-1992; permanent chairman, Republican National Conventions, 1984, 1988, and 1992; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth and to the eighteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1995); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; minority whip (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses); minority leader (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses); died on February 17, 2017, in Arlington, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

Dirksen Congressional Center

Pekin, IL
Papers: 1957-1994. 560 feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, including campaign and political files, leadership papers, legislative working papers, legislative staff files, press files, projects, scheduling, scrapbooks, speeches, and trip files. Materials include photographs, portraits, motion picture film, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository. As sections are processed, they are opened for research.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Michel, Robert H. "The Need for Balance." In Republican Papers, edited by Melvin R. Laird, pp. 468-76. New York: Praeger, 1968.

___. "Reorganization of the Committee on Government Operations and Minority Control of Investigation." In We Propose: A Modern Congress, edited by Mary McInnis, pp. 163-76. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Robert H. Michel, Republican Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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