Dennis Hastert Fast Facts


(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Dennis Hastert, former Republican speaker of the House. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush money case that revealed he was being accused of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois.

Birth place: Aurora, Illinois
Birth name: John Dennis Hastert
    Father: Jack Hastert, former restaurant owner
    Mother: Naomi (Nussle) Hastert
    Marriage: Jean (Kahl) Hastert (1973-present)
    Children: Ethan and Joshua
    Education: Wheaton College, B.A., 1964; Northern Illinois University, M.S., 1967
    Religion: Protestant
    Other Facts:
    Goes by the nickname “Denny.”
    Hastert is diabetic.
    Was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading the Yorkville High School wrestling team to the state championship.
    Instituted the so-called “Hastert Rule,” an informal guideline where only legislation supported by “the majority of the majority” party is brought to a vote on the House floor.

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