Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel Passes Away at 93

“I really consider him the gold standard of public service. His death is an end of an era, and that was an era of bipartisanship when people worked across party lines to solve big problems.”

Trending: Judge Kavanaugh’s Wife Dragged into Fray By Despicable Democrats

— Former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL)

Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-IL), who served in Congress from 1957 – 1995, passed away on Friday at the age of 93.

take our poll - story continues below

Should Brett Kavanaugh withdraw over sexual misconduct allegations?

  • Should Brett Kavanaugh withdraw over sexual misconduct allegations?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to The Constitution updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Michel served in Congress for almost forty years and led the GOP House delegation as Minority leader from 1981 until he retired in 1995. It’s often difficult to remember, but the GOP seemed caught in a perpetual minority through most of the second half of the 20th Century. Even so, Michel was a “happy warrior” who was well known as a man of character and kindness who loved his country well.

From House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI):

On November 29, 1994, an extraordinary thing happened on the House floor. Outgoing House Speaker Tom Foley, a Democrat from the Pacific Northwest, asked outgoing Minority Leader Bob Michel, a Republican from central Illinois, to take the gavel and preside over the House. More than a symbolic gesture, it was a fitting sendoff for a happy warrior revered for his decency and commitment to what’s right.

“A half-century earlier, as a combat infantryman, Bob Michel was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was at Normandy too. For his service in World War II, he received two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

“I did not have the privilege to serve with Leader Michel. But I do have the honor of working every day in the office in the Capitol that bears his name. What a name and legacy it is. What a life well-lived by this great and gracious man. Today the members of the House—past and present—mourn with the family and friends of our former colleague and leader.”

 Just a few years ago the state of Illinois celebrated Michel’s 90th birthday, and he was still his jovial self. 🇺🇸

I am the supreme law of the United States. Originally comprising seven articles, I delineate the national frame of government. My first three articles entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it. I am regarded as the oldest written and codified constitution in force of the world.

Please leave your comments below

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.