Michael Patrick Flanagan

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Michael Patrick Flanagan
Michael Patrick Flanagan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Dan Rostenkowski
Succeeded by Rod Blagojevich
Personal details
Born (1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Alma mater Loyola University Chicago (B.A., J.D.)

Michael Patrick Flanagan (born November 9, 1962) is an American politician from Illinois, and a Republican. He served one term in the United States House of Representatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Flanagan, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, served in the United States Army from 1984 to 1988 (at Fort Sill, in Oklahoma, and at Fort Benning in Georgia), and 1991 to 1992 (during the Gulf War).[citation needed] He learned Greek at the Defense Language Institute. Flanagan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Flanagan was elected to represent the fifth district of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, defeating 18-term Congressman and former Ways and Means Committee chairman Dan Rostenkowski, becoming the first Republican to represent a significant portion of Chicago since 1967. Rostenkowski was under indictment during the election.[1]

While a member of Congress, Flanagan served on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Government Reform Committee, and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications. He had a conservative record in the House, opposing abortion and gun control,[1] while supporting the death penalty.[1] He also condemned then-President Clinton's national healthcare plan for its government takeover of the healthcare system.[1]

While the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune both endorsed Flanagan for reelection in 1996[citation needed], he was regarded as a heavy underdog against the Democratic challenger, State Representative Rod Blagojevich. As expected, the district reverted to form; Blagojevich soundly defeated Flanagan, and Bill Clinton easily carried the district. Flanagan's loss was one of the 12 seats first-term Republican candidates lost in the 1996 election. The Republicans have only put up nominal challengers in the 5th since then.

Electoral history[edit]

Year Office Winning Candidate Party Pct Opponent Party Pct
1994 U.S. House Michael Flanagan Republican 54% Dan Rostenkowski (inc.) Democrat 46%
1996 U.S. House Rod Blagojevich Democrat 64% Michael Flanagan (inc.) Republican 36%

After Congress[edit]

He is currently the president of Flanagan Consulting LLC in Washington D.C.,[2] and has been active in Illinois Boys State since 1979.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Langer, Adam (October 27, 1994). "Running Against Rosty". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Flanagan Consulting, LLC: Michael P. Flanagan, Flanagan Consulting LLP. Accessed August 30, 2008.
  3. ^ 2008 Illinois Boys State Yearbook

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Rostenkowski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Succeeded by
Rod Blagojevich