SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The longest-serving statehouse speaker in U.S. history was elected to serve another two years in the big chair.
The Illinois House elected Rep. Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to serve as speaker for the new General Assembly. Madigan has served in the Illinois House since 1971, and as speaker since 1983, with the exception of a two-year period in the 1990s where Republicans took control of the lower chamber.
Seventy-two representatives voted for Madigan. Forty-four voted for Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), who will serve again as House minority leader.
In the Senate, Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) was elected to serve another term as Senate President. Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) will serve again as Senate minority leader.
Lisa Madigan swearing in her father Michael Madigan as Speaker of the Illinois House. pic.twitter.com/xQ4PdVu7v8
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