Hayes was the representative for Louisiana’s 7th congressional district and was most recently a Republican (1995-1996) and previously a Democrat (1987-1995). He served from 1987 to 1996.
Hayes is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Hayes sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Hayes was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3356 (103rd): To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 611 Broad Street, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the “Edwin Ford Hunter, Jr., United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 1139 (103rd): To authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain lands in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4276 (100th): A bill to designate the United States Post Office Building located at 1105 Moss Street in Lafayette, Louisiana, as the “James Domengeaux Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3617 (100th): A bill for the relief of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.
Does 4 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).
Hayes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Hayes’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 160 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide ...
- H.R. 2940 (104th): Deepwater Port Modernization Act
- H.R. 2915 (104th): Work Opportunity Act of 1995
- H.R. 1824 (104th): Voluntary Protection Authorization Act of 1995
- H.R. 1433 (104th): Occupational Safety and Health Administration Consultation Services Authorization Act of 1995
- H.R. 1330 (104th): Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act of 1995
- H.R. 816 (104th): To amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the treatment ...
From Jan 1987 to Sep 1996, Hayes missed 638 of 5,237 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills