Bob Michel, GOP leader, dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Bob Michel, an af­fa­ble Illi­nois con­gress­man who served as leader of the Re­pub­li­can House mi­nor­ity for 14 years and was skilled at seek­ing com­pro­mise crit­i­cal in get­ting many ini­tia­tives of two Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dents through Congress, died Fri­day. He was 93.

A for­mer staffer of Michel’s, Mike John­son, said he passed away Fri­day morn­ing.

Michel’s skill at seek­ing com­pro­mise with the Democrats was crit­i­cal in help­ing Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge H.W. Bush pur­sue their agen­das dur­ing their pres­i­den­tial terms.

Michel served 19 terms in the GOP mi­nor­ity and re­tired one election too soon to be part of the GOP House ma­jor­ity that swept into power in 1994. He stood on the side­lines as an ebul­lient Newt Gin­grich of Ge­or­gia took the role of House speaker.

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