Dirksen Congressional Center

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Congress could use fewer showhorses, and more workhorses.

That's according to Sean Q Kelly. He's a political science professor at California State University and the co-editor of a recent book on House Minority Leader Bob Michel, Robert H. Michel: Leading the Republican House Minority. He said the Peoria Republican listened and was willing to do the hard, unglamorous work to get legislation passed.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen of Pekin. 

The Pekin Republican was elected to the Senate in 1950 after eight terms in the House, and served as Senate Minority Leader from 1959 to 1969.

Frank Mackaman is handing the reins of the Dirksen Congressional Center to Tiffany White next year.