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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Congressman LaHood Statement on Passing of Bob Michel

February 17, 2017
Press Release

PEORIA, IL—Today, Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Bob Michel:

“It is with a heavy heart today that we mourn the passing of former Congressman Bob Michel. Bob Michel led a remarkable life.  Born and raised in Peoria, as a young man he stormed the beaches of Normandy as an infantryman in WW II, fought in the battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart Award.  He came home and graduated from Bradley University and got elected to Congress and went on to honorably serve for 38 years representing Peoria and much of Central Illinois.  14 of those years as the elected House Republican Leader where he was instrumental in helping President Ronald Reagan pass his legislative agenda through Congress.  Bob is remembered for his uncommon decency and his common sense Midwestern values.  He was a true statesman and an example for all of us in public service. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family. May God bless him.”