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Rep. Henry Hyde

Former Representative for Illinois’s 6th District

Hyde was the representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 2006.

Photo of Rep. Henry Hyde [R-IL6, 1975-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Hyde was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hyde sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Law (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hyde recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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, 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: