Bill Lipinski

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Bill Lipinski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Marty Russo
Succeeded by Dan Lipinski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by John G. Fary
Succeeded by Dan Rostenkowski
Personal details
Born William Oliver Lipinski
(1937-12-22) December 22, 1937 (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rose Marie (Lapinski)
Religion Roman Catholic

William Oliver "Bill" Lipinski (born December 22, 1937), American politician, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2005, representing a district in Chicago.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Chicago, and was educated at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Lipinski served in the United States Army Reserve, and he was a public administrator with the Chicago Park District of the city of Chicago. In 1975, Mayor Richard J. Daley named him as the Democratic committeeman for Chicago's 23rd Ward, in the southwestern portion of the city—a post he still holds. In the same year, Lipinski was elected to the Chicago City Council as the alderman for the 23rd Ward. In 1982, he challenged incumbent Democrat John G. Fary in the primary for Illinois's 5th congressional district, which included most of southwestern Chicago. He won largely by running up the totals in his city council district, and was handily elected in November. He was reelected four times from this district with almost no difficulty.

After the 1990 census, his district was merged with the 3rd district, represented by a longtime friend, Marty Russo. Lipinski defeated Russo in the 1992 Democratic primary, all but assuring a sixth term. He was reelected five more times from this district, facing serious opposition only once, in 1994.

While in the House, Lipinski served on the Transportation Committee; his district included Midway Airport and also had more railroad crossings than any other district.[1]

Lipinski was conservative by national Democratic standards. He strongly supported the right to life,[2] and described himself as a staunch conservative on foreign policy.[3] He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate and conservative congressional Democrats.

Lipinski endorsed Bill Bradley for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000.[4]

During the 2004 election cycle, Lipinski initially placed his name on the ballot and easily won the primary election, which practically assured him of a 12th term in Congress. On August 13, 2004, however, Lipinski withdrew his name from the November 2 general election ballot, announcing that he would retire at the end of his 11th term, which expired on January 3, 2005. At Lipinski's urging, state Democratic party leaders named his son, Dan Lipinski, a University of Tennessee professor, to replace him on the ballot. The district is so heavily Democratic that this move effectively handed the seat to the younger Lipinski, who still holds the seat today.

Lipinski has since become a lobbyist.[citation needed]

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

January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Dan Rostenkowski
Preceded by
Marty Russo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2005
Succeeded by
Dan Lipinski