Henry Hyde was elected to the U.S. House in 1974, with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Edward V. Hanrahan for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Harold R. Collier.
Hyde was re-elected to nine consecutive terms, defeating Democrat Robert Cassidy with 67 percent of the vote in 1990 and Democrat Barry Watkins in 1992 with 66 percent of the vote.
He was re-elected in 1994 with 74 percent, defeating Democrat Tom Berry. He was re-elected in 1996 with 64 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Stephen De La Rosa.
In 1998, he defeated Democrat Thomas Cramer with 67 percent of the vote. Hyde was re-elected in 2000 with 59 percent of the vote.
He was re-elected in 2002 over Democrat Tom Berry, a railroad conductor, with 65 percent of the vote.
Hyde lost a race for a U.S. House seat in 1962. Hyde served in the Illinois House, 1967-75.