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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.

Misconduct

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]

Analysis

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 liberal–conservative 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. 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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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:

Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) International Affairs (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Commerce (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Transportation and Public Works (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: