Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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ROSTENKOWSKI, Daniel David, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., January 2, 1928; graduated from St. John's Military Academy in 1946 and attended Loyola University; served in Korea with the United States Infantry 1946-1948; served in the State house of representatives in the sixty-eighth general assembly in 1952; delegate, Illinois State Democratic convention every four years since 1952; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976; member of State senate, 1954-1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the seventeen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1995); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses), Joint Committee on Taxation (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred First Congresses); convicted on April 10, 1996, of mail fraud; full pardon granted by President William J. Clinton on December 22, 2000; died on August 11, 2010, in Powers Lake, Wis.; interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Ill.

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External Research Collections

Loyola University
Congressional Archives, Archives and Special Collections

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1959-1995, 710 linear feet. The Dan Rostenkowski papers contain correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, press releases, legislative files, campaign materials, speeches, staff files, photographs, and audio and video tapes. A finding aid is available online and at the repository.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the John O. Marsh Papers, 1974-1977, 49.6 linear feet. Correspondents include Dan Rostenkowski.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Clark M. Clifford Papers, ca. 1883-1999, 34.6 linear feet. Correspondents include Dan Rostenkowski.

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the William E. Frenzel Papers, 1962-1997, 248 cubic feet. Other authors include Dan Rostenkowski.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Bonner Frank Fellers Papers, 1934-1973, 24 linear feet. Correspondents include Dan Rostenkowski.
Papers: In the Rodney Kennedy-Minott Papers, 1967-1990, 25 boxes. Correspondents include Dan Rostenkowski.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960-[on-going], 200 linear feet. Correspondents include Dan Rostenkowski.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cohen, Richard E. Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of Old Politics. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1999.

Merriner, James L. Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski's America. Carbonale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Dan Rostenkowski, Democratic Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Straham, Randall. Dan Rostenkowski: A Study in Congressional Power. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1993.

___. Reed and Rostenkowski: Congressional Leadership in Institutional Times. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1992.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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