On February 17, 2017, former Rep Bob Michel (R) passed away at the age of 93. Mr Michel was a leader of the Republicans in the House, and spent his entire 38 years in Congress in the minority.
He was known as one who was always civil in his demeanor. In this profile we produced with him in his office in 2005, Mr Michel shared his reflections of the leaders he knew in Congress, some of the Presidents he served under, his time in WWII where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and what accounts for the growing resentment between the parties in Congress in recent years.
Mr Michel graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, and represented the district in Congress from his first election in 1956, to his retirement in January, 1995.
Ironically, while he spent 38 years in the minority, the day he left Congress was the day Newt Gingrich became the first Republican House Speaker in 40 years.