1991: Clarence Thomas is confirmed to the Supreme Court
The Republican judge is currently the longest-serving Supreme Court judge currently working, and is generally regarded as one of the most conservative judges right now. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and his confirmation process was marked by interviews with his former aide Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
1992: George H.W. Bush addresses Australian Parliament
In doing so, he became the first U.S. president to ever speak during an Australian Parliament session. He joked about the recent removal of Prime Minister Bob Hawke, saying, “I see this rough tumble that goes like this, and I thank God for the presidential system at home.”
1994: The ‘Republican Revolution’ of 1994
In repudiation of Democratic President Bill Clinton’s policies, Republicans gained majorities in both bodies of Congress during the 1994 midterm elections. This was the first time that the party had done so since 1952.
1995: The 104th Congress convenes
With the first Republican majority in both chambers of Congress in decades, Congressional Republicans set to work enacting conservative legislation that often flew in the face of Democratic President Clinton. Much of that was listed in the Contract With America, a legislative agenda that many party members had advocated for during their 1994 Congressional campaigns.
1996: Bob Dole receives the Republican presidential nomination
He and his running mate, Jack Kemp, were officially nominated at the San Diego Republican National Convention. However, he ultimately lost to Democratic candidate Bill Clinton.
1997: Strom Thurmond becomes the longest-serving senator in history
1998: Henry Hyde questions President Bill Clinton in his impeachment inquiry
Republican House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde oversaw Clinton’s impeachment process following the Monica Lewinsky scandal, sending him 81 questions about his involvement with the young woman. Clinton was later impeached in early 1999.
1999: Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the House
Hastert served as the U.S. House of Representatives’ 51st Speaker from 1999 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Republican to ever hold that role. More recently, he became one of the most high-profile politicians to serve a prison sentence, when he admitted past sexual abuse of students and was convicted of financial crimes relating to child molestation cover-ups in 2015.
2000: George W. Bush is elected as the 43rd president
The 2000 presidential election was a long and bitter process, since a particularly close Florida race meant that determining the winner took weeks. However, the Supreme Court ultimately named Republican nominee George W. Bush the winner, making him the 43rd president after his father, George H.W. Bush, previously served as the 41st president.