Dan Rostenkowski

American politician (1928–2010)

Daniel David Rostenkowski (January 2, 1928 – August 11, 2010) was an American politician. He was a United States Representative from Chicago, serving from 1959 to 1995. He became one of the most powerful legislators in Washington, especially in matters of taxation, until he went to prison.[1] A Democrat, Rostenkowski was for many years Democratic Committeeman of Chicago's 32nd Ward, retaining this position even while serving in Congress.

Dan Rostenkowski
Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee
In office
January 3, 1981 – May 15, 1994
Preceded byAl Ullman
Succeeded bySam Gibbons
House Democratic Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981
LeaderTip O'Neill
Preceded byJohn Brademas
Succeeded byBill Alexander
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
LeaderJohn William McCormack
Preceded byEugene Keogh
Succeeded byOlin Teague
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byBill Lipinski
Succeeded byMichael Patrick Flanagan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byThomas S. Gordon
Succeeded byPhil Crane
Personal details
Daniel David Rostenkowski

(1928-01-02)January 2, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedAugust 11, 2010(2010-08-11) (aged 82)
Genoa City, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)LaVerne (1951–2010)
EducationLoyola University, Chicago

Rostenkowski's political career ended abruptly in 1994 when he pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and was fined and sentenced to 17 months in prison.

On August 11, 2010, Rostenkowski died from lung cancer at his summer home in Genoa City, Wisconsin at the age of 82.[2]

References change

  1. "Booknotes". Booknotes. 1999-09-19. Archived from the original on 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  2. Brown, Emma (August 12, 2010). "Dan Rostenkowski, 82; powerful committee chairman in U.S. House". Washington Post.

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