Dennis Hastert

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Dennis Hastert was Republican Speaker of the House from 1999 onward (the closing years of the Clinton administration and all of the Bush Jr. administration), following Newt Gingrich.



from The Highway Robber, #1 in Rolling Stone's The Ten Worst Congressmen:

Hastert could well be the weakest House speaker in history. Tapped by Tom DeLay to serve as the mild-mannered frontman for the GOP leadership, the former wrestling coach ceded most of his power to the now-disgraced majority leader, allowing Republicans to treat the Capitol as their private piggy bank. Last year, Hastert got in on the action himself, secretly inserting $207 million into the budget for the "Prairie Parkway"