Your NPR news source

Former U.S. House Speaker Resigns from Congress

SHARE Former U.S. House Speaker Resigns from Congress
Former U.S. House Speaker Resigns from Congress

Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has resigned from Congress. He represented Illinois 14th Congressional District.

Last summer, Hastert began saying he would leave Congress, but he never said exactly when. Then on Monday, the Illinois Republican sent letters to the Governor and the current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying his resignation was effective at 10:59 p.m. Central Time.

Hastert explained in those letters he picked the date to give Governor Rod Blagojevich enough time to call a special election on Illinois presidential primary day, February 5th. Hastert’s term was set to end in January of 2009. He was the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House of Representatives but lost that post last November when Democrats took control of Congress. Hastert represented residents of north central Illinois in Congress for nearly 21 years.

The Latest