Robert Hayes

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Robin Hayes is a former member of Congress

Robert "Robin" Hayes, a Republican, represented the Eighth Congressional district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1999-2009. He was defeated in the 2008 general election by Larry Kissell (D).


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Hayes voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Comments on Iraq and Christianity

In December 2006, Hayes told the Concord Rotary Club that stability in Iraq ultimately depends on "spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men... Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the savior." After the speech Hayes said that he was speaking in "the context of spreading Christian principles rather than Christianity." [1]

ARMPAC Recipient

During his 2004 election campaign, Hayes was the second largest recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions. DeLay is being prosecuted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money. To date, Hayes has not offered to return any of the $47,722 he received.[2]

CAFTA vote change

Rep. Hayes has drawn criticism in recent months for voting in favor of the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement after stating only days before that he would never vote for the measure because he felt it would cause further loss of textile industry jobs. Hayes changed his "no" to a "yes" at the last minute, helping the agreement squeak a pass.

Denny Hastert reportedly approached Hayes "the night of the House vote - at midnight, in the House Cloak Room - and told him they needed his vote."[3]

As a result of his vote change, the Charlotte Observer reports that Hayes is getting "high-profile, expensive help in his [2006] re-election bid" from the Republican Party, including a $10,000 campaign contribution from Hastert's leadership PAC.[4]


Hayes (born August 14, 1945) owns a hosiery mill in his hometown of Concord, North Carolina.

He was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1992 and served two terms. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1996, losing by a large margin to Democratic incumbent Jim Hunt. Two years later, 8th District Congressman Bill Hefner retired after 24 years in Congress. Hayes won the Republican nomination to succeed him and won a narrow victory in the general election.

Congressional career

Hayes has been reelected every two years since, despite the district's Democratic lean. The Democratic-controlled state legislature tried to draw Hayes out of office by adding part of Charlotte to the district, but Hayes has managed to win reelection three times, largely on George W. Bush's coattails.

2006 elections

The Democrats nominated Larry Kissell to challenge Hayes in the 2006 congressional elections. The race was very close, as Hayes held a 465-vote lead after an initial count. The count did not, however, include 1,492 provisional ballots. [5]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Robert Hayes. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
130 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3308
Phone: 202-225-3715
Fax: 202-225-4036
Web Email

District Office - Concord:
137 Union Street South
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-786-1612
TollFree: 1-888-207-1311 (in NC)
Fax: 704-782-1004

District Office - Rockingham:
230 East Franklin Street
Rockingham, NC 28379
Phone: 910-997-2070
Fax: 910-997-7987

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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