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Robert Henry MICHEL

(1923- )

MICHEL, Robert Henry, a Representative from Illinois; born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., March 2, 1923; attended the public schools; served with the Thirty-ninth Infantry Regiment as a combat infantryman in England, France, Belgium, and Germany from February 10, 1943, to January 26, 1946; was wounded by machine gun fire; awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and four battle stars; B.S., Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., 1948; administrative assistant to Representative Harold Velde, 1949-1956; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1964- 1992; permanent chairman, Republican National Conventions, 1984, 1988, and 1992; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth and to the eighteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1995); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; minority whip (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses); minority leader (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses).

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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