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Rep. Dennis “Denny” Hastert

Former Representative for Illinois’s 14th District

Hastert was the representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 2007.


In 2016 Hastert pleaded guilty to child molestation, 10 years after leaving Congress. In 2006, Hastert declined to run for office again. He was indicted in 2015, served 13 months in prison and was released in 2017.

2006 Hastert did not seek reelection.
2015 Indicted.
2016 Pleaded guilty, served 13 months in prison.
Photo of Rep. Dennis “Denny” Hastert [R-IL14, 1987-2007]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hastert is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Hastert sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hastert was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hastert sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) International Affairs (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Commerce (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hastert recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Hastert voted No

Hastert voted No

Hastert voted Not Voting

Passed 220/175 on Sep 7, 2007.

Hastert voted No

Hastert voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Nov 2007, Hastert missed 449 of 8,181 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2007. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: