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Rep. Dennis “Denny” Hastert

Former Representative from Illinois’s 14th District, Republican

Hastert, a Republican, was the representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district from 1987 to 2007.

Photo of Rep. Dennis “Denny” Hastert [R-IL14, 1987-2007]


Our unique analysis of the bills Hastert sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Hastert is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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 (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Hastert’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Hastert’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
No H.R. 2740 (110th): MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007
Oct 4, 2007. Passed 389/30.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Nay H.R. 249 (110th): To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.
Apr 26, 2007. Passed 277/137.
Nay H.R. 1254 (110th): Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2007
Mar 14, 2007. Passed 390/34.

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.

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Primary Sources

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