Henry John Hyde (born April 18, 1924), American politician, was the Republican member of the United States House of Representatives 1975-2007, representing the 6th District of Illinois. He announced his retirement with the end of the 109th Congress.
He was born in Illinois, attended Duke University. He served in the United States Navy and was a trial lawyer before entering the House.
A member of the House Judiciary Committee since 1975, Hyde served as its chairman from 1995 until 2001, at which time he served as the lead House manager during the President Clinton impeachment trial. Hyde maintains that the House was constitutionally obligated to impeach Clinton for "perjury." President Clinton was found to have committed no wrongdoing. The Republican Party's attempt to derail President Clinton's administration has been estimated to have cost sixty-four million dollars of taxpayers' money.
As Hyde was publicly pursuing the impeachment of Clinton, it was revealed that from 1965 to 1969, Hyde conducted an extramarital sexual affair with Cherie Snodgrass. At the time, Snodgrass was married to another man with whom she had had three children. Although Hyde was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, he dismissed it as one of his "youthful indiscretions."
Most recently, Hyde has worked closely with the Family Research Council, an extremely well-financed right wing group, to accuse Senator Dick Durbin (a Catholic) of anti-Catholic bias.
In 2004-2005 Henry Hyde traveled to Ireland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Aruba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Greece, Ukraine, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Russia, and reported $10,039.97 in expenses paid by U.S. taxpayers. What important business for the people did he conduct in Aruba?
- "Where the Illinois Congressional Delegation Traveled in 2004-2005." Associated Press. March 13, 2006.