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January 6, 1999 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republicans made official on Tuesday their choice of Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) as the next House speaker, opening the way for what his supporters hope will be a kinder, gentler lower chamber in the new Congress. But analysts and lawmakers say Hastert will face two daunting tasks: To take control of his badly split, often combative party and to reach out to Democrats in an effort to push through major legislation despite a diminished GOP majority.
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December 31, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, who is poised to become House speaker next week, exhorted fellow lawmakers Wednesday to "get to work" on cutting taxes and shoring up Social Security to win back the confidence of the public. The six-term Illinois Republican, who emerged as the House GOP consensus candidate for the top job in the wake of Speaker-designate Bob Livingston's withdrawal, offered few details of an agenda.
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December 21, 1998 | FAY FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man who is likely to become the next speaker of the House is a former high school wrestling coach with a gentle, bear-hug manner who can gingerly arm-twist fellow lawmakers into supporting key legislative measures and still leave them smiling. On the surface, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) may seem more ferocious than he actually is.
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