His style played well in Peoria and Washington. Now a political legend who was known for making life in Washington less political has passed. Longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel has died at the age of 93. Second generation Congressman Darin LaHood of Peoria witnessed Michel up close and personal with his father, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, serving on Michel's staff before succeeding him in Congress.... LaHood notes long before his public service in a three piece suit, Michel served this country with his own blood on the battlefield.
LaHood says Michel's style was special whether on Capitol Hill or Main Street.
Congressman Rodney Davis also released a statement. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a good friend and mentor this morning,” said Davis. “Bob Michel was a war hero and one of the most respected members of Congress of all time. His 38 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the incredible footprint he has left on Central Illinois and this country will never be forgotten. Bob’s ability to reach across the aisle to make a divided government work for the people he represented was second to none – a trait we should all strive to emulate each day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family this morning. He will truly be missed.”