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Edward Rell "Ed" Madigan (January 13, 1936 – December 7, 1994) was a businessman and a Republican Party politician from Lincoln, Illinois. He served almost twenty years in the United States House of Representatives and was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President George H. W. Bush.
|24th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
March 8, 1991 – January 20, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Clayton Yeutter|
|Succeeded by||Mike Espy|
|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Tom Loeffler|
|Succeeded by||Steve Gunderson|
Robert Smith Walker
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1973 – March 8, 1991
|Preceded by||William L. Springer (Redistricting)|
|Succeeded by||Thomas W. Ewing|
|Constituency||21st District (1973-1983)|
15th District (1983-1991)
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives|
|Born||January 13, 1936|
Lincoln, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 1994 (aged 58)|
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Lincoln College, Illinois|
Early life, education, and politicsEdit
Madigan was born in Lincoln on January 13, 1936. He attended Lincoln [Junior] College before starting his own taxicab business. He entered public service as a member of the Lincoln Board of Zoning Appeals from 1965 to 1969. During that time, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where he served from 1967 to 1973.
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Secretary of AgricultureEdit
In November, 1972, he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was subsequently elected to nine more terms. Madigan narrowly lost the race for Minority Whip in 1989 to future Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia. Madigan served in Congress from 1973 to 1991, when Clayton Keith Yeutter resigned, and Madigan was appointed Secretary of Agriculture. Serving from 1991 to 1993, Madigan was the first Roman Catholic to serve as Secretary of Agriculture.
Death and legacyEdit
In 1995, Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area, a state park near Lincoln, was renamed in Madigan's honor. Edward Madigan came from a politically active family. His younger brother Robert Madigan served as the City Clerk for Lincoln, Illinois for several terms, then sat in the Illinois State Senate for 14 years and finally concluded his public service with a brief term on the Illinois Commerce Commission.
- United States Congress. "Edward Rell Madigan (id: M000041)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Appearances on C-SPAN