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Tip O'Neill 1978-1-
55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office

January 4, 1977 – January 3, 1987

President

Edward Brooke Jimmy Carter George Bush

Preceded by Carl Albert
Succeeded by Jim Wright
House Majority Leader
In office

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1977

Deputy John J. McFall
Preceded by Hale Boggs
Succeeded by Jim Wright
House Majority Whip
In office

January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973

Leader Hale Boggs
Preceded by Hale Boggs
Succeeded by John J. McFall

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

From Massachusetts's 8th district

In office

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1987

Preceded by Torbert Macdonald
Succeeded by Joseph P. Kennedy

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Massachusetts's 11th district

In office

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963

Preceded by John F. Kennedy
Succeeded by James A. Burke
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office

1949–1953

Preceded by Frederick Willis
Succeeded by Charles Gibbons
Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office

1947–1949

Preceded by John E. Flaherty
Succeeded by Charles Gibbons
Personal details
Born Thomas Phillip O'Neill

(1912-12-09)December 9, 1912 Cambridge, Massachusetts

Died January 5, 1994(1994-01-05) (aged 81)

Boston, Massachusetts

Nationality American, Irish
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mildred Anne Miller
Children

Thomas                      Christopher                          Susan                             Rosemary

Alma mater Boston College
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. (December 9, 1912 – January 5, 1994) was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representative. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrate and influential member of the House of Representatives, serving for 34 years and representing two congressional districts in Massachusetts. He served as Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1981.

He was a strong supporter of the space program and worked closely with President Carter on moving funding for advance nuclear rockets and research into a possible mars colony.

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