Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel Passes Away

Former House Republican Leader Bob Michel has died.

Michel served Illinois' 18th Congressional District for 38 years.

The Peoria native served as the Minority Leader from 1981 to 1995, and was the minority whip for 6 years.

No House Republican has held a GOP leadership post longer.

Michel was a strong conservative voice for President Ronald Reagan's agenda.

He was succeeded by Ray Lahood. Michel was 93 years old.

Governor Bruce Rauner released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Bob Michel:

"Congressman Michel was the definition of a public servant. Best known for his bipartisan style and working cooperatively with Democrats and Republicans alike, he was beloved by all. He fought hard for his country in World War II, and spent the rest of his life tirelessly working on behalf of Peoria, the state of Illinois, and our nation. Diana and I send our deepest sympathies to his family."

Today, Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Bob Michel:

“It is with a heavy heart today that we mourn the passing of former Congressman Bob Michel. Bob Michel led a remarkable life. Born and raised in Peoria, as a young man he stormed the beaches of Normandy as an infantryman in WW II, fought in the battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart Award. He came home and graduated from Bradley University and got elected to Congress and went on to honorably serve for 38 years representing Peoria and much of Central Illinois. 14 of those years as the elected House Republican Leader where he was instrumental in helping President Ronald Reagan pass his legislative agenda through Congress. Bob is remembered for his uncommon decency and his common sense Midwestern values. He was a true statesman and an example for all of us in public service. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family. May God bless him.”

Photo courtesy of The Dirksen Congressional Center.

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