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Rep. Robin Hayes

Former Representative for North Carolina’s 8th District

Hayes was the representative for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1999 to 2008.


Hayes, the former Republican representative for NC-8 from 1999-2008 and then-chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, was indicted in 2019 on charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, along with several counts of making false statements in an effort to bribe North Carolina's insurance commissioner. In October 2019, Mr. Hayes pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI while being investigated for conspiracy and bribery. On January 20, 2021, Hayes was pardoned by President Trump.

Apr. 2, 2019 Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted Mr. Hayes
Oct. 2, 2019 Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI while being investigated for conspiracy and bribery.
Jan. 20, 2021 Pardoned by President Trump.
Photo of Rep. Robin Hayes [R-NC8, 1999-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hayes 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 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 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hayes was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Hayes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Commerce (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Law (8%) Taxation (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hayes recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2008, Hayes missed 149 of 6,521 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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Primary Sources

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