Election[ edit ] In the aftermath of the midterm elections , where the GOP lost five House seats and failed to make a net gain of seats in the Senate, House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia stepped down from the speakership and declined to take his seat for an 11th term. In mid-December, Representative Robert L. Livingston of Louisiana —the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Speaker-designate—stated in a dramatic surprise announcement on the House floor that he would not become Speaker, following widely publicized revelations of his extramarital affairs.
The practice received criticism as an unduly partisan measure both at the time it was adopted and in the subsequent years. The House is a very partisan institution, with rules structured to give even tiny majorities enormous leverage. But Hastert took those realities to a new and more tribalized, partisan plane. This led to accusations that he was only a figurehead for DeLay. DeLay stepped down as majority leader and was replaced in that post by Roy Blunt ; DeLay resigned from Congress the following year.
Bush administration 's foreign and domestic policies. Hastert was described as a Bush loyalist who worked closely with the White House to shepherd the president's agenda through Congress,   The two frequently praised each other, expressed mutual respect, and had a close working relationship, even during the controversy over Representative Mark Foley , Republican of Florida.
Analysts noted that at the time there was a tight congressional race in California, in which the large Armenian community might be important in favor of the Republican incumbent. The resolution, vehemently opposed by Turkey, had passed the Human Rights Subcommittee of the House and the International Relations Committee but Hastert, although first supporting it, withdrew the resolution on the eve of the full House vote.
He explained this by saying that he had received a letter from Bill Clinton asking him to withdraw it, because it would harm U. Bush 's State of the Union address. Hastert stated in the House in October that he believed there was "a direct connection between Iraq and al-Qaeda " and that the U.
This is new to me. I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks. This is the future. And it is a new way for us to get our message out. Hastert later said that he donated the proceeds from one of the antique cars he sold at the auction to hurricane-relief efforts. The article states, "the targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information.
Palmer , Hastert's chief of staff, to Foley's inappropriate advances toward congressional pages in or , asking congressional leadership to intervene. Reynolds stated that they told Hastert about Foley's conduct in spring Hastert took an unusually active role advancing the bill, even though it was opposed by a majority of area residents and by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Hastert, Thomas Klatt, and Dallas Ingemunson. However, public documents only named Ingemunson, who was the Kendall County Republican Party chairman and Hastert's personal attorney and longtime friend. Jefferson 's Capitol Hill office in connection with a corruption investigation. Hastert issued a lengthy statement saying that the raid violated the separation of powers , and later complained directly to President Bush about the matter. Illinois's 14th congressional district special election, Before the election , Hastert expressed his intent to seek reelection as Speaker if the Republicans maintained control of the House.
Hastert was reelected for an eleventh term to his seat in the House with nearly 60 percent of the vote, but that year the Republicans lost control of both the Senate and the House to the Democrats following a wave of voter discontent with the Iraq War, the Federal response to Hurricane Katrina, and a series of scandals among congressional Republicans. In the special election in March to fill the rest of Hastert's unexpired term, Foster defeated Oberweis.