Ethan Hastert makes it official: He will run for Congress in 2010

By on June 8, 2009

By Martha Quetsch

Ethan Hastert, 31, told the Elburn Herald Friday that he intends to run for his dad’s former congressional seat next year.

“There is hunger for change. I believe 2010 is the year to do it,” Hastert said.

Ethan Hastert, a Republican and the son of former District 14 Congressman and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, had been considering entering the race for the past few months. He said he will issue a press release Monday or Tuesday stating he intends to run.

“In talking to people in the district, I found that many of them share my disappointment in what is coming out of the Democratic Congress including an unprecedented level of spending,” Ethan Hastert said.

Hastert, of Elburn, is an attorney at Mayer Brown in Chicago. When he was in his early 20s, he was an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

Current District 14 Rep. Bill Foster’s current two-year term expires in 2010. Foster, a Democrat, won the seat in a special election held in early 2008 after Dennis Hastert resigned the position before end of his term.

Foster has not announced whether he will seek re-election .

“… Congressman Bill Foster is focused on working to solve the problems our families face and get our economy moving again—he is not thinking about elections right now,” Shannon O’Brien, Foster’s Communications Director said Monday.