Hyde was the representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 2006.
Hyde is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Hyde sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Hyde was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5682 (109th): Henry J. Hyde United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006
- H.R. 3127 (109th): Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006
- H.R. 4501 (109th): Passport Services Enhancement Act of 2005
- H.R. 3145 (108th): Overseas Private Investment Corporation Amendments Act of 2003
- H.R. 1298 (108th): United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003
- H.R. 1646 (107th): Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003
- H.R. 3348 (107th): To designate the National Foreign Affairs Training Center as the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center.
Does 28 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).
Hyde sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (21%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Law (8%)
Some of Hyde’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 949 (109th): Commending the people and Government of Romania, on the occasion of the ...
- H.R. 5847 (109th): To amend the Arms Export Control Act to strengthen the requirements for ...
- H.R. 5713 (109th): United Nations Budget Reform Act of 2006
- H.R. 5682 (109th): Henry J. Hyde United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of ...
- H.R. 5655 (109th): Legal Employment Act of 2006
- H.Res. 861 (109th): Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on ...
- H.Res. 744 (109th): Expressing support for the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 as the blueprint ...
From Jan 1975 to Dec 2006, Hyde missed 1,095 of 17,766 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills