Dan Rostenkowski


Dan Rostenkowski was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on January 2nd, 1928 and is the Politician. At the age of 82, Dan Rostenkowski biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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Daniel David Rostenkowski
Date of Birth
January 2, 1928
United States
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death Date
Aug 11, 2010 (age 82)
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Loyola University, Chicago
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LaVerne Pirkins ​(m. 1951)​
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Dan Rostenkowski Life

Daniel David Rostenkowski (January 2, 1928-2005) was a Chicago congressman from 1959 to 1995, serving from 1959 to 1995.

He was one of Washington's most influential lawmakers, especially in taxation, before going to jail.

Rostenkowski, a Democrat and the son of a Chicago alderman, served in Congress for many years as a member of the Chicago 32nd Ward, retaining his position even as a legislator. He rose from Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 1981, just as the Reagan Revolution marginalized many other Democratic lawmakers.

During Ronald Reagan's tenure as Chairman of Ways and Means, he was instrumental in establishing tax policy, including the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which cut the top federal bracket to 50% and reduced the number of brackets to only two.

He was also involved in trade policy, as well as reforms of the welfare system, health care, and Social Security reforms.Rostenkowski closed legislative negotiations between the country's toughest power brokers, ranging from union chiefs to CEOs to president himself.

Rostenkowski's book Chicago and the American Century credited him with billions of dollars in Chicago and Illinois.

In 1994, Rostenkowski's political career came to an end, and Republican Michael Patrick Flanagan barely ran for reelection.

In 1996, he pleaded guilty to charges of mail theft fraud and was sentenced to 17 months in jail.

Early life and political beginnings

Rostenkowski was born in 1928 into a Chicago political family to Joseph P. and Priscilla (Dombrowski) Rostenkowski. Piotr's grandfather, who was born in Tuchola, Poland, immigrated. Joe Rusty, locally known as "Big Joe Rusty," served as the alderman and committeeman of the majority Polish 32nd Ward in what was then referred to as "Polish Downtown" for 24 years. As a child, Dan and his two sisters, Marcie and Gladys, often saw their families double as a meeting place for precinct captains who, like Walter Kmiec from his father's ward group, could later assist him in getting the vote in 1960 for John Kennedy.

The Rostenkowski home was located on the second floor of 1349 Noble Street in Chicago, above the tavern owned by Priscilla and adjacent to the alderman's insurance company and the regular Democratic 32nd ward association. Joe heard shots at about sunrise on August 6, 1938. The alderman's top precinct captains were fired numerous times as they slept in a car parked in front of the Rostenkowski home. Joe and his family spent the summer in Genoa City, Wisconsin. The killers were never found.

Rostenkowski accompanied his father to Washington in 1941, when he was awaiting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration for his third term. In 1955, his father lost his aldermanic seat after assisting then-County Clerk Richard J. Daley for Mayor over a fellow Polish — Ben Adamowski.

Rostenkowski attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, where he earned letters in baseball, football, basketball, and track after graduating from St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar school. He enlisted in the United States Army and served for two years as a private with the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea after graduating from St. John's in 1946. He tried out for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949, but his father persuaded him to put down his hopes and return home because his mother was fighting cancer. He enrolled at Loyola University in Chicago after her death.