The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, private foundation located in Pekin, Illinois, the home of the late Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969). Dirksen served on the Pekin City Council (1927-1931), in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933-1949), and in the U.S. Senate (1951-1969).
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Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969). Represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933-1949) and the U.S. Senate (1951-1969) as a Republican. Minority Leader of the Senate, 1959-1969.
Everett M. Dirksen
Robert H. Michel (1923-). Represented central Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives (1957-1995) as a Republican. Republican Leader of the House, 1981-1995.
Robert H. Michel
Raymond H. “Ray” LaHood (1945-). Represented central Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2009) as a Republican. United States Secretary of Transportation, 2009-2013.
Neil MacNeil (1923-2008). Author and journalist. Reported on Congress for Time magazine, 1958-1987.
The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit foundation located in Pekin, Illinois, home of the late Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969). Our mission is to help people better understand the U.S. Congress—its people, processes, and public policies. In addition to Dirksen’s, The Center’s historical collections include the papers of former Congress members Harold H. Velde, Robert H. Michel, and Ray LaHood.
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