Robert Henry "Bob" Michel (pronounced "Michael"; born March 2, 1923). 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 14 years (1981–1995) during an era of Democratic Party House dominance. He was also Minority Whip for 6 years (1975–1981). A graduate of Bradley University in Illinois, he was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.
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