Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives

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List of Speakers[edit]

This is a complete list of the Speakers of the Illinois House of Representatives, as of 2007. Each was chosen since the Illinois General Assembly's first session in 1818.

The colors indicate the political party affiliation of each speaker.

Party Color Key
Democratic-Republican
Democratic
Republican
Independent
# Speaker Party General
Assembly
Date of Election
1 John Messinger Democratic-Republican 1st October 5, 1818
2 John McLean Democratic-Republican 2nd December 4, 1820
3 William M. Alexander Democratic-Republican 3rd December 2, 1822
4 Thomas Mathers Democratic-Republican 4th November 15, 1824
5 David Blackwell Democratic January 2, 1826
6 John McLean Democratic 5th December 4, 1826
6th
7 William Lee D. Ewing Democratic 7th December 6, 1830
8 Alexander M. Jenkins Democratic 8th December 6, 1832
9 James Semple Democratic 9th December 1, 1834
10th
10 William Lee D. Ewing Democratic 11th December 3, 1838
12th
11 Samuel Hackleton Democratic 13th December 5, 1842
12 William Alexander Richardson Democratic 14th December 2, 1844
13 Newton Cloud Democratic 15th December 7, 1846
14 Zadok Casey Democratic 16th January 1, 1849
15 Sidney Breese Democratic 17th January 6, 1851
16 John Reynolds Democratic 18th January 3, 1853
17 Thomas J. Turner Anti-Nebraska Democratic 19th January 1, 1855
18 Samuel Holmes Democratic 20th January 5, 1857
19 William Ralls Morrison Democratic 21st January 3, 1859
20 Shelby Moore Cullom Republican 22nd January 7, 1861
21 Samuel A. Buckmaster Democratic 23rd January 5, 1863
22 Allen C. Fuller Republican 24th January 2, 1865
23 Franklin Corwin Republican 25th January 7, 1867
26th
24 William M. Smith Republican 27th January 4, 1871
25 Shelby Moore Cullom Republican 28th January 8, 1873
26 Elijah M. Haines Independent 29th January 6, 1875
27 James Shaw Republican 30th January 3, 1877
28 William A. James Republican 31st January 8, 1879
29 Horace H. Thomas Republican 32nd January 5, 1881
30 Lorin C. Collins Republican 33rd January 3, 1883
31 Elijah M. Haines Independent 34th January 29, 1885
32 William F. Calhoun Republican 35th January 5, 1887
33 Asa C. Matthews Republican 36th January 9, 1889
34 James H. Miller Republican May 10, 1889
35 William G. Cochran Republican July 23, 1890
36 Clayton E. Crafts Democratic 37th January 7, 1891
38th
37 John Meyer Republican 39th January 9, 1895
38 William G. Cochran Republican July 10, 1895
39 Edward C. Curtis Republican 40th January 6, 1897
40 Lawrence Y. Sherman Republican 41st January 4, 1899
42nd
41 John Henry Miller Republican 43rd January 7, 1903
42 Edward D. Shurtleff Republican 44th January 4, 1905
45th
46th
43 Charles A. Adkins Republican 47th January 4, 1911
44 William B. McKinley Democratic 48th January 29, 1913
45 David E. Shanahan Republican 49th February 17, 1915
50th
51st
46 Gotthard A. Dahlberg Republican 52nd January 5, 1921
47 David E. Shanahan Republican 53rd January 3, 1923
48 Robert Scholes Republican 54th January 7, 1925
55th
49 David E. Shanahan Republican 56th January 9, 1929
57th
50 Arthur Roe Democratic 58th January 4, 1933
51 John P. Devine Democratic 59th January 9, 1935
52 Louie E. Lewis Democratic 60th January 6, 1937
53 Hugh W. Cross Republican 61st January 3, 1939
54 Elmer Jacob Schnackenberg Republican 62nd January 8, 1941
63rd
55 Hugh Green Republican 64th January 3, 1945
65th
56 Paul Powell Democratic 66th January 10, 1949
57 Warren Wood Republican 67th January 8, 1951
68th
69th
70th
58 Paul Powell Democratic 71st January 7, 1959
72nd
59 John W. Lewis, Jr. Republican 73rd January 9, 1963
60 John Touhy Democratic 74th January 6, 1965
61 Ralph T. Smith Republican 75th January 4, 1967
76th
62 Jack E. Walker Republican October 14, 1969
63 W. Robert Blair Republican 77th January 6, 1971
78th
64 William A. Redmond Democratic 79th January 21, 1975
80th
81st
65 George H. Ryan Republican 82nd January 14, 1981
66 Arthur A. Telcser Republican January 10, 1983
67 Michael J. Madigan Democratic 83rd January 12, 1983
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
68 Lee A. Daniels Republican 89th January 9, 1995
69 Michael J. Madigan Democratic 90th January 8, 1997
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th

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