Key dates in Robert H. Michel's life and career.
In the Shadow
of Watergate: Bob Michel Becomes a Congressional Leader
An 8,000 word essay about Bob Michel's first contest for a formal
leadership post in the House of Representatives, the chairmanship
of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in 1973.
Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Congressional District
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln, the Dirksen Congressional Center is pleased to present a version of the Lincoln legacy through the eyes of two members of Congress, Everett McKinley Dirksen and Robert H. Michel, who later represented the central Illinois congressional district that once sent Lincoln to the House of Representatives.
Anatomy of a Congressional Leadership Race
In December 1980, Republicans in the House of Representatives chose
Robert H. Michel of Illinois as their leader, the Minority Leader
of the House, a position he held until retiring in 1995. Anatomy
of a Congressional
Leadership Race uses historical materials contained in the Robert
H. Michel Papers housed at The Dirksen Congressional Center in
Pekin, Illinois, to describe the contest.
Bob Michel: Reflections on a Career in Congress
On June 25, 2005, former House Republican Leader Bob Michel and his successor and former chief of staff, Ray LaHood, appeared at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center in Morton, Illinois, for an evening of “personal reflections” about their combined 50 years of service representing the 18th congressional district.
Statements by Robert H. Michel upon his election as Republican
Leader of the House, 1980-92, and the announcement in 1993 of
his decision not to seek re-election to the House.
Photographs of Michel and with presidents.
from Leader Bob"
During the processing of Bob Michel's papers, staff discovered
several copies of a compilation of quotes from Mr. Michel, bound
in a red cover. The quotations are arranged, as they are in the
booklet, alphabetically by subject.
The Robert H. Michel Collection, first acquired by The Center
in 1989 and supplemented over the years, is currently being processed.
Republican Congress: A Manifesto for Change in the House
In January 1992, the Republican minority issued a document designed
outline how the Republicans would govern should they obtain the
Fifteen Republicans contributed to the project, each writing an
essay on a
different topic. For example, Leader Michel entitled his, "What
I Would Do
as Speaker of the House."
for Leadership: Office of the Republican Leader, April 16,
In the Spring of 1993, House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel prepared
A Blueprint for Leadership. "The challenge of our new situation," he
wrote, "is to shape the Republican view of America,
tell the American people what
we believe in, and fully utilize our legislative skills to implement
vision." He hoped the document would serve as study guide
action, outlining areas of policy responsibility, mechanisms for
communication, and structures for implementation.
Bob Michel Interviewed about His Career in Congress
American Political Archive features a January 2005 interview with former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-IL) conducted by historian Robert Remini for his book "House: The History of the House of Representatives." This recently released interview was done by Remini after he was commissioned to research and write a narrative history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A Tribute to Congressman Bob Michel
Bob Michel was honored for his public service and advocacy on behalf of veterans on April 21. A crowd of several hundred attended an event naming the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic after the former Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. The three-minute, 22-second video clip provides basic biographical information about Michel.