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Rep. Wayne Hays

Former Representative for Ohio’s 18th District

Hays was the representative for Ohio’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1949 to 1976.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Jun. 2, 1976, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Hayes for retaining an employee on public payroll for immoral purposes (1974-76) after Hays and other members requested an investigation of the press allegations. On Sep. 1, 1976, he resigned prior to hearings.

Jun. 2, 1976 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct ordered an investigation after Hays and other members requested an investigation of the press allegations
Sep. 1, 1976 Resigned prior to hearings.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hays is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Hays sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hays was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Hays sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (45%) International Affairs (25%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hays recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Sep 1976, Hays missed 1,020 of 5,774 roll call votes, which is 17.7%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1976. 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: