Robert Henry “Bob” Michel was born on March 2, 1923, and died on February 17, 2017.
He was an American Republican Party politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives for 38 years.
Michel 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 was also Minority Whip for 6 years (1975–1981).
Michel was a graduate of Bradley University in Illinois.
Robert Henry “Bob” Michel was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.
He was married to Corinne Woodruff (Michel) from 1948 until her death in 2003.
They had four children, Scott, Bruce, Robin, and Laurie.
He died from pneumonia in Arlington, Virginia.
Robert H. Michel passed away at 93 years old.