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Dennis Hastert Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 12:07 PM EST, Sun December 29, 2013

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House.

Personal:
Birth date: January 2, 1942

Birth place: Aurora, Illinois

Birth name: John Dennis Hastert

Father: Jack Hastert, former restaurant owner

Mother: Naomi (Nussle) Hastert

Marriage: Jean (Kahl) Hastert (1973-present)

Children: Ethan; Joshua

Education: Wheaton College, B.A., 1964; Northern Illinois University, M.S., 1967

Religion: Protestant

Other Facts:
Goes by the nickname "Denny."

Hastert is diabetic.

Was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading the Yorkville High School wrestling team to the state championship.

Instituted the so-called "Hastert Rule," an informal guideline where only legislation supported by "the majority of the majority" party is brought to a vote on the House floor.

Timeline:
1964-1980 - Wrestling and football coach and government/history teacher at Yorkville High School.

1980-1986 - Member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

January 3, 1987-November 26, 2007 - U.S. Representative from Illinois' 14th congressional district.

1995-1999 - House Chief Deputy Minority Whip.

January 6, 1999 - Is elected speaker of the House, replacing Newt Gingrich.

November 22, 2003 - Hastert fights hard to secure passage of a Medicare bill in the House. The vote takes three hours and lasts well into the night. It is signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 8 after also being passed by the Senate.

January 3, 2006 - Donates $70,000 of campaign contributions from companies associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to charity after Abramoff pleads guilty to corruption charges.

June 1, 2006 - Surpasses Joe Cannon to become the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House in U.S. history.

October 3, 2006 - Appears on "The Rush Limbaugh Show" and says he has no intention of resigning regarding the controversy over Rep. Mark Foley's (D-FL) sexually explicit e-mails to underage pages.

November 7, 2006 - Is re-elected to his eleventh term in Congress. Republicans lose their majority in the House, so Hastert loses his position as speaker of the House when the new Congress begins on January 4, 2007.

August 17, 2007 - Announces that he will not run for re-election in 2008.

November 15, 2007 - Announces his resignation on the House floor. He formally resigns on November 26 after 20 years in office.

June 2008 - Joins the Washington lobbying firm of Dickstein Shapiro as a senior advisor.

June 8, 2009 - Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan, announces he will run for his father's former congressional seat but later loses in the GOP primary.

May 7, 2010 - Hastert is conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor Akihito of Japan.

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