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Madigan re-elected as Illinois House speaker

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 1:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 3:41 p.m. CDT
In this Nov. 28, 2012 photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D- Chicago, listens to lawmakers while on the House floor during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. With time winding down on the lame-duck session and no deal yet between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders, the House convenes Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, for a final push to find a fix for Illinois' $96 billion pension crisis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michael Madigan has been easily re-elected to another term as speaker of the   Illinois  House.

The newest Illinois House was sworn into office Wednesday. House lawmakers held their ceremony at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The Senate held its ceremony at the Capitol.

Madigan is a Chicago Democrat who has held the position of House speaker almost continuously since 1983. The exception was a two-year period in the 1990s when Republicans had control of the House.

Madigan is arguably the most powerful Democrat in Illinois. He also serves as chairman of the IllinoisDemocratic Party.

He is also a senior partner at a law firm in Chicago. One of his daughters is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was at Wednesday's ceremony.

Republican Tom Cross was re-elected minority leader.

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