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Encyclopedia > Dan Rostenkowski
Daniel David Rostenkowski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Illinois's 8th, 5th district
Term of office:
1959 - 1995
Political party:

Democratic Image File history File links Rostenkowski,dan. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Illinois 8th congressional district is a United States Congressional District that represents the northern suburbs of Chicago, including portions of Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. ... Illinois 5th congressional district is a United States Congressional District that covers the northside of Chicago and parts of Cook County. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ...

Preceded by: Thomas S. Gordon
Succeeded by: Michael Patrick Flanagan
Born: January 2, 1928
Chicago, Illinois
Spouse: Laverne, wed 1951

Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski served in the U.S. Congress as a U.S. Representative for Illinois from 1959 to 1995. He is a member of the United States Democratic Party. A product of the Cook County machine and the son of a "ward boss," Rostenkowski was for many years Democratic Committeeman of Chicago's 32nd Ward, retaining this position even while serving in Congress. In Washington he rose by virtue of seniority to the rank of Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 1981. As Chairman of Ways and Means, he played an important role in tax and trade policy for more than a decade. Michael Dennis Patrick Flanagan (born November 9, 1963) is an Illinois politician. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Committee on Ways and Means is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rostenkowski's political career was shattered in 1994, when he was indicted on corruption charges, for his key role in the House post office scandal, and was forced to step down from all Congressional leadership positions. In elections later that year, Rostenkowski lost his seat and retired from political life. Charges against Rostenkowski included keeping "ghost" employees on his payroll, using Congressional funds to buy gifts such as chairs and ashtrays for friends, and trading in officially purchased stamps for cash at the House post office[1]. In 1996, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges of mail fraud. He was fined and was sentenced to 17 months in prison, of which he served 15. Rostenkowski was pardoned in 2001 by US President Bill Clinton, in a flurry of last-minute pardons as Clinton left office. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Congressional Post Office Scandal, or Check Kiting Scandal, is a phrase used to refer to the discovery of corruption among various Congressional Post Office employees and members of the House of Representatives, which was investigated from 1991 to 1995, climaxing in the conviction of House Ways and Means Committee... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the penalty associated with it. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1969 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Rostenkowski's downfall in 1994 was portrayed by Republicans as emblematic of Democratic corruption. The scandal helped fuel the Republican victory in the House, led by Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America. "The rise and fall of Dan Rostenkowski tracks the rise and fall of Democrats in the House," concludes Richard E. Cohen in his book on Rostenkowski [2] . "It is a story of power, accomplishments and, ultimately, failure and humiliation." // The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political organizations in the United States two party system; the Democratic Party is the other. ... Newton Leroy Gingrich (born June 17, 1943) is an American politician who is best known as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ... The Contract with America was a document released by the Republican Party of the United States during the 1994 Congressional election campaign. ... Richard E. Cohen is a journalist and author. ...


Rostenkowski, a Polish American, was born January 2, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola University Chicago. He stands 6'4" tall. Following his political career, he has worked as a political commentator. Polish-American refers to American citizens of Polish descent. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ...


Books

  • (1999) James L. Merriner, Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski's America. Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-8093-2473-3.
  • (2000) Richard E. Cohen, Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics. Ivan R. Dee Publisher. ISBN 1-56663-310-9.

External links

  • Public Affairs Report, Cal Berkeley
Preceded by:
Thomas S. Gordon
United States Representative for the 8th District of Illinois
1959–1993
Succeeded by:
Phillip M. Crane
Preceded by:
William O. Lipinski
United States Representative for the 5th District of Illinois
1993–1995
Succeeded by:
Michael Patrick Flanagan
Preceded by:
Albert Conrad Ullman
Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
1981–1994
Succeeded by:
Sam Gibbons

  Results from FactBites:
 
Dan Rostenkowski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (377 words)
Dan Rostenkowski served in the U.S. Congress as a U.S. Representative for Illinois from 1959 to 1995.
Rostenkowski's political career was shattered in 1994, when he was indicted on corruption charges, for his key role in the Congressional Check Kiting Scandal, and was forced to step down from all Congressional leadership positions.
Rostenkowski's conviction is often seen as a contributing factor in the 1994 Republican victory in the House, led by Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America.
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