Henry J. Hyde

Henry J. Hyde

WHEN: Friday, January 11th
WHERE: Wyndham Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX


"One of the most respected and intellectually honest members of the House," -- Almanac of American Politics

Congressman Henry J. Hyde has been representing the citizens of Illinois' Sixth District for twenty-four years in the United States House of Representatives. As former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and current Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, Congressman Hyde's work on such issues as terrorism, immigration reform, drug trafficking and copyright, patent and trademark law has been relevant to America's role in the world community.

Chairman Hyde first became a state representative in 1967. He was elected to Congress in 1974. In 1987, Chairman Hyde was a member of the joint House-Senate committee, which investigated the Iran-Contra matter. In 1996, he was chairman of the Republican Platform Committee at the National Convention in San Diego. In 1998-99, he was the chief manager of the impeachment of President Clinton in the House and in the Senate trial that followed.

Congressman Hyde has received many awards and honors during his lifetime, including a lifetime award of the Choice for a New Millennium, from the Georgetown University Council of the Knights of Columbus in 2000; Watchdog of the Treasury Award; Sound Dollar Award, from the Free Congress Foundation; National Security Leadership Award and Distinguished Service Award, from the Disabled American Veterans; and Alumni Medal of Excellence, from Loyola University School of Law.

Chairman Hyde graduated from Georgetown University in 1947 and obtained a juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He is a combat veteran with the U.S. Navy of World War II and retired as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Congressman Hyde was married to Jeanne Simpson Hyde for 45 years until her death in 1992. They have four children and four grandchildren.