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Robert H. Michel

Robert H. Michel
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House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1995
Deputy Trent Lott
Dick Cheney
Newt Gingrich
Preceded by John Rhodes
Succeeded by Dick Gephardt
House Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Leader John Rhodes
Preceded by Leslie C. Arends
Succeeded by Trent Lott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Harold H. Velde
Succeeded by Ray LaHood
Personal details
Born Robert Henry Michel
(1923-03-02)March 2, 1923
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 17, 2017(2017-02-17) (aged 93)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Corinne Woodruff (1948–2003)
Children 4
Education Bradley University (BS)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Rank Private
Unit 39th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Bronze Star Medal (2)
Purple Heart with battle stars (4)

Robert Henry "Bob" Michel (pronounced "Michael"; March 2, 1923 – February 17, 2017) was an American Republican Party politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives for 38 years. He represented central Illinois' 18th congressional district, and was the GOP leader in Congress, serving as Minority Leader for the last 14 years (1981–1995) of a decades-long era of Democratic Party dominance of the House.

Michel also served as Minority Whip for six years (1975–1981). A graduate of Bradley University in Illinois, he was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.

Michel was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. He attended Peoria High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University.

When the U.S. entered the Second World War, Michel joined the United States Army and served with the 39th Infantry Regiment as an infantryman in England, France, Belgium, and Germany from February 10, 1943, to January 26, 1946, while also participating in the Invasion of Normandy in 1944. He was wounded by machine gun fire and awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and four battle stars.