Robert H. Michel : leading the Republican House minority / edited by Frank H. Mackaman and Sean Q. Kelly.

Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2019]
Congressional leaders
xxii, 404 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm.
Michel, Robert H., 1923-2017.
United States. Congress. House -- Minority leaders -- Biography.
Michel, Robert H., 1923-2017.
United States. Congress. House.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Politics and government.
United States.
"Leading the Republican House Minority examines the public service and legacy of Robert H. Michel, who had a thirty-eight-year career in the House of Representatives, capped by fourteen years as Republican Leader. His career in office is distinguished by one factor above all: the Republicans failed to gain the majority in the House of Representatives during his nearly four decades in Congress. His party's status as the minority party accounted for Michel's early legislative experience, his rise through the leadership ranks of the House Republicans, his leadership style and eventual challenges to that style, and, ultimately, to his retirement in 1995. Minority status did not preclude political and legislative achievement, however. His central Illinois constituents elected Michel nineteen times to his seat in the House. In turn, his Republican colleagues elected him to a series of leadership posts culminating in his 1980 election as Republican Leader, and he won reelection as Leader six more times. Leading the Republican House Minority examines Michel's contribution through a series of essays by congressional scholars in history and political science. The essays examine topics such as Michel's efforts to pass Reagan's tax cuts, strategies for House minority leadership, the 1982 re-election campaign, the differences between Michel and Newt Gingrich, Michel's mid-career transition from protectionism to expansionism, and his retirement one election before the Republicans became the House majority party"-- Provided by publisher.
Robert H. Michel: a life preparing for public service / Frank H. Mackaman
Bob Michel and the politics of appropriations / Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly
Bob Michel in the land of giants: relationship politics in the 1980s / Burdett A. Loomis
Rising to leadership in an era of political change: Bob Michel and the 1970s House minority party / Scott R. Meinke
Michel as minority leader: minority party strategies and tactics in the postreform House / Douglas B. Harris and Matthew N. Green
Leading the minority: guiding policy change through legislative waters / Andrew J. Taylor
Leading gently on taxes / Matthew S. Mendez
From "exhilarating days" to pragmatic politics: Bob Michel's leadership in the budget process, 1981-1994 / Daniel J. Palazzolo
Anticipating the revolution: Michel and Republican Congressional reform efforts / Douglas B. Harris
Bob Michel and the legacy of committee reform / Colton C. Campbell
Bob Michel, Newt Gingrich, and the Republican leadership dilemma / C. Lawrence Evans
A "less pleasant" election: Bob Michel and the 1982 Congressional midterms / Robert David Johnson
From expansionism to protectionism and back again: conditional incumbency, disruption, and the reimagination of Bob Michel's representational style / David C. W. Parker
Bob Michel calls it quits / Frank H. Mackaman
Reflections / by Mike Johnson, Ray Lahood, and William "Billy" Pitts.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Mackaman, Frank H., editor.
Kelly, Sean Q., editor.
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