Son of Ex-Speaker Hastert To Challenge Rep. Foster

Posted June 9, 2009 at 8:48am

The youngest son of former House Republican Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is seeking a U.S. House seat in Illinois that his father long held but is now represented by Democratic Rep. Bill Foster.

Ethan Hastert, a lawyer with the Chicago-based firm Mayer Brown, said Monday that he will be a candidate next year in the 14th District, a collection of suburbs and rural territory west of Chicago that his father held for more than two decades.

Hastert, 31, told the Kane County Chronicle that he wants to be part of the “next generation of leadership.”