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Highlights in the Career of Robert H. Michel
 

I'd like to feel that as I prepare to leave Congress, I've lived up to my parents' high ethical standard and that I'll be remembered by my constituents for representing them faithfully and well, and that nationally I will be judged as having contributed significantly to the deliberations of the House and served the institution of the Congress with honor and in an exemplary manner."     Robert H. Michel
 

1923 Born in Peoria, Illinois
1942 Entered U.S. Army.  Served as Combat Infantryman in England, France, Germany, and Belgium.  Wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.  Decorated with two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart
1946 Discharged from the military as a disabled veteran
1948 Earned B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bradley University and married Corinne Woodruff.  They have three sons:  Scott, Bruce, and Robin; and one daughter, Laurie
1949 Named Administrative Assistant to U.S. Representative Harold H. Velde, who succeeded Everett Dirksen
1956 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th district, replacing Velde who did not seek reelection
1957 Entered the Congress -- served for 38 years
1972 Elected Chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee
1974 Elected as Republican Whip in the House
1980 Elected Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
1984 Chaired the first of three Republican National Conventions
1989 Received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Ronald Reagan
1994 Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton
1995 Retired voluntarily from the House and joined the Washington, DC firm of Hogan & Hartson as Senior Advisor for Corporate and Governmental Affairs.

Robert H. Michel's committee assignments:

Committee on Government Operations, 1957-58
Committee on Appropriations, 1959-80
Subcommittee on Commerce, 1959-60
Subcommittee on General Government Matters, 1959-60
Subcommittee on Agriculture, 1959-70
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environmental, and Consumer Protection, 1971-74
Subcommittee on Department of HEW, 1961-62
Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Education, and Welfare, and Related Agencies, 1963-69
Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Education, and Welfare, 1970-80
Subcommittee on Legislative, 1979-80
Minority Whip, 1975-80
Minority Leader, 1981-94


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