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The 293 Most Hypocritical US Representatives
now Updated for the 107th Congress

from TBTF for 1999-07-26, TBTF for 1998-09-14



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 Encryption


Meet the 13 most recent Congressional hypocrites.


It's a pity that we need to single out for special accolades that minority of Congress members who do what they say they are going to do. But such is our system. The four SAFE-co-sponsors who voted against gutting the SAFE bill are:

Bono, Mary (R-CA)
Meehan, Martin T. (D-MA)
Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA)
Smith, Adam (D-WA)

Thank you and congratulations, you hardy few, for voting your consciences.


Note that five of the recent hypocrites are two-time losers in recorded votes on Internet matters.

These five members, who voted hypocritically on both encryption export and Internet pornography, come in for special notice. I've caused their listings to stand out from the others in such a way as to obscure their party affiliation.

On the subject of the Internet, these Members appear to be charter members of the Hypocrites Party.

On the Subject of Encryption Export:
The Thirteen Most Hypocritical Members
of the US House of Representatives
as of July 21, 1999

KEY:       Democrat: Republican:
  Brady, Robert (D-PA) Gibbons, Jim (R-NV)
  Two-time hypocrite:
  Hilleary, Van (R-TN)

Andrews, Robert E. (D-NJ) Brady, Robert (D-PA) Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) Gibbons, Jim (R-NV)
Hansen, James V. (R-UT) Hayes, Robin (D-NC) Hilleary, Van (R-TN) Kasich, John R. (R-OH)
Kennedy, Patrick J. (D-RI) Maloney, James H. (D-CT) Riley, Bob (R-AL) Ryun, Jim (R-KS)
Scarborough, Joe (R-FL)


Don't know your Representative? Look in this alphabetical table to see if any of the names rings a bell. Or search for your representative courtesy of the New York Times or Rollcall.


 Pornography


Had the Communications Decency Act withstood judicial review (which it did not), posting the Starr report to the Internet arguably would have subjected the posters to fines of $250,000 and 5 years in prison.


The question of who voted for both the CDA and the release of the Starr report is not cut-and-dried, because Congress did not record a roll-call vote for the CDA in isolation, but only for its vehicle the Telecommunications Reform Act. Also, the vote Friday to post the Starr report was primarily a vote to start up impeachment machinery.

Nevertheless, if accountability to the voters means anything in this republic, the Congress members who voted "Aye" on both February 1, 1996 and September 11, 1998 ought to come in for a bit of uncomfortable public exposure.


This is it.


Note: Please let me know if you find any errors in the data. I take this exercise seriously and want the record to be correct. (See a record of emendations at the bottom of this page.)

On the Subject of Internet Pornography:
The Two-Hundred Eighty-Five Most Hypocritical Members
of the US House of Representatives
as of September 11, 1998

KEY:       Democrat: Republican:
  Baldacci, John Elias (D-ME) Barrett, Bill (R-NE)
  Gone from the 106th Congress: Gone from Congress but
elected to the Senate:
  Christensen, Jon (R-NE) Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)
  Gone from the 107th Congress: Two-time hypocrite:
  Coburn, Tom A. (R-OK) Hilleary, Van (R-TN)

Andrews, Robert E. (D-NJ) Archer, Bill (R-TX) Armey, Richard K. (R-TX) Bachus, Spencer (R-AL)
Baesler, Scotty (D-KY) Baker, Richard H. (R-LA) Baldacci, John Elias (D-ME) Ballenger, Cass (R-NC)
Barr, Bob (R-GA) Barrett, Bill (R-NE) Barrett, Thomas M. (D-WI) Bartlett, Roscoe G. (R-MD)
Barton, Joe (R-TX) Bass, Charles F. (R-NH) Bateman, Herbert H. (R-VA) Bentsen, Ken (D-TX)
Bereuter, Doug (R-NE) Berman, Howard L. (D-CA) Bilbray, Brian P. (R-CA) Bilirakis, Michael (R-FL)
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. (D-GA) Bliley, Tom (R-VA) Boehlert, Sherwood L. (R-NY) Boehner, John A. (R-OH)
Bonilla, Henry (R-TX) Bonior, David E. (D-MI) Borski, Robert A. (D-PA) Boucher, Rick (D-VA)
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) Bryant, Ed (R-TN) Bunning, Jim (R-KY) Burr, Richard (R-NC)
Burton, Dan (R-IN) Buyer, Stephen E. (R-IN) Callahan, Sonny (R-AL) Calvert, Ken (R-CA)
Camp, Dave (R-MI) Campbell, Tom (R-CA) Canady, Charles T. (R-FL) Cardin, Benjamin L. (D-MD)
Castle, Michael N. (R-DE) Chabot, Steve (R-OH) Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) Chenoweth, Helen (R-ID)
Christensen, Jon (R-NE) Clement, Bob (D-TN) Coble, Howard (R-NC) Coburn, Tom A. (R-OK)
Combest, Larry (R-TX) Condit, Gary A. (D-CA) Costello, Jerry F. (D-IL) Cox, Christopher (R-CA)
Coyne, William J. (D-PA) Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. (D-AL) Crane, Philip M. (R-IL) Crapo, Michael D. (R-ID)
Cubin, Barbara (R-WY) Cunningham, Randy "Duke" (R-CA) Danner, Pat (D-MO) Davis, Thomas M. (R-VA)
Deal, Nathan (R-GA) DeLauro, Rosa L. (D-CT) DeLay, Tom (R-TX) Diaz-Balart, Lincoln (R-FL)
Dickey, Jay (R-AR) Dicks, Norman D. (D-WA) Dingell, John D. (D-MI) Dixon, Julian C. (D-CA)
Doggett, Lloyd (D-TX) Dooley, Calvin M. (D-CA) Doolittle, John T. (R-CA) Doyle, Michael F. (D-PA)
Dreier, David (R-CA) Duncan, John J., Jr. (R-TN) Dunn, Jennifer (R-WA) Edwards, Chet (D-TX)
Ehlers, Vernon J. (R-MI) Ehrlich, Robert L., Jr. (R-MD) Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO) English, Phil (R-PA)
Ensign, John E. (R-NV) Eshoo, Anna G. (D-CA) Everett, Terry (R-AL) Ewing, Thomas W. (R-IL)
Farr, Sam (D-CA) Fawell, Harris W. (R-IL) Fazio, Vic (D-CA) Foley, Mark (R-FL)
Forbes, Michael P. (R-NY) Fowler, Tillie K. (R-FL) Fox, Jon D. (R-PA) Franks, Bob (R-NJ)
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. (R-NJ) Frost, Martin (D-TX) Gallegly, Elton (R-CA) Ganske, Greg (R-IA)
Gejdenson, Sam (D-CT) Gekas, George W. (R-PA) Gephardt, Richard A. (D-MO) Gilchrest, Wayne T. (R-MD)
Gillmor, Paul E. (R-OH) Gilman, Benjamin A. (R-NY) Gingrich, Newt (R-GA) Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA)
Goodling, William F. (R-PA) Gordon, Bart (D-TN) Goss, Porter J. (R-FL) Graham, Lindsey O. (R-SC)
Green, Gene (D-TX) Greenwood, James C. (R-PA) Gutierrez, Luis V. (D-IL) Gutknecht, Gil (R-MN)
Hall, Tony P. (D-OH) Hall, Ralph M. (D-TX) Hamilton, Lee H. (D-IN) Hansen, James V. (R-UT)
Harman, Jane (D-CA) Hastert, J. Dennis (R-IL) Hastings, Doc (R-WA) Hayworth, J. D. (R-AZ)
Hefley, Joel (R-CO) Herger, Wally (R-CA) Hilleary, Van (R-TN) Hobson, David L. (R-OH)
Hoekstra, Peter (R-MI) Holden, Tim (D-PA) Horn, Stephen (R-CA) Hostettler, John N. (R-IN)
Houghton, Amo (R-NY) Hoyer, Steny H. (D-MD) Hunter, Duncan (R-CA) Hutchinson, Asa (R-AR)
Hyde, Henry J. (R-IL) Inglis, Bob (R-SC) Istook, Ernest J., Jr. (R-OK) Johnson, Nancy L. (R-CT)
Johnson, Jay W. (D-WI) Jones, Walter B. (R-NC) Kanjorski, Paul E. (D-PA) Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH)
Kasich, John R. (R-OH) Kelly, Sue W. (R-NY) Kennelly, Barbara B. (D-CT) Kildee, Dale E. (D-MI)
Kim, Jay (R-CA) King, Peter T. (R-NY) Kingston, Jack (R-GA) Kleczka, Gerald D. (D-WI)
Klink, Ron (D-PA) Klug, Scott L. (R-WI) Knollenberg, Joe (R-MI) Kolbe, Jim (R-AZ)
LaFalce, John J. (D-NY) LaHood, Ray (R-IL) Lantos, Tom (D-CA) Largent, Steve (R-OK)
Latham, Tom (R-IA) LaTourette, Steven C. (R-OH) Lazio, Rick (R-NY) Leach, James A. (R-IA)
Levin, Sander M. (D-MI) Lewis, Jerry (R-CA) Lewis, Ron (R-KY) Linder, John (R-GA)
Lipinski, William O. (D-IL) Livingston, Bob (R-LA) LoBiondo, Frank A. (R-NJ) Lowey, Nita M. (D-NY)
Lucas, Frank D. (R-OK) Luther, Bill (D-MN) Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY) Manton, Thomas J. (D-NY)
Manzullo, Donald A. (R-IL) Mascara, Frank (D-PA) Matsui, Robert T. (D-CA) McCarthy, Karen (D-MO)
McCollum, Bill (R-FL) McCrery, Jim (R-LA) McDade, Joseph M. (R-PA) McHale, Paul (D-PA)
McHugh, John M. (R-NY) McInnis, Scott (R-CO) McIntosh, David M. (R-IN) McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" (R-CA)
McKinney, Cynthia A. (D-GA) McNulty, Michael R. (D-NY) Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) Metcalf, Jack (R-WA)
Mica, John L. (R-FL) Miller, Dan (R-FL) Minge, David (D-MN) Mink, Patsy T. (D-HI)
Moakley, John Joseph (D-MA) Morella, Constance A. (R-MD) Murtha, John P. (D-PA) Myrick, Sue Wilkins (R-NC)
Nethercutt, George R., Jr. (R-WA) Neumann, Mark W. (R-WI) Ney, Robert W. (R-OH) Norwood, Charlie (R-GA)
Nussle, Jim (R-IA) Oberstar, James L. (D-MN) Obey, David R. (D-WI) Olver, John W. (D-MA)
Ortiz, Solomon P. (D-TX) Oxley, Michael G. (R-OH) Packard, Ron (R-CA) Pallone, Frank, Jr. (D-NJ)
Parker, Mike (R-MS) Pastor, Ed (D-AZ) Paxon, Bill (R-NY) Petri, Thomas E. (R-WI)
Pickett, Owen B. (D-VA) Pombo, Richard W. (R-CA) Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND) Porter, John Edward (R-IL)
Portman, Rob (R-OH) Quinn, Jack (R-NY) Radanovich, George P. (R-CA) Rahall, Nick J., II (D-WV)
Ramstad, Jim (R-MN) Rangel, Charles B. (D-NY) Regula, Ralph (R-OH) Riggs, Frank (R-CA)
Rivers, Lynn N. (D-MI) Roemer, Tim (D-IN) Rogers, Harold (R-KY) Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA)
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) Roukema, Marge (R-NJ) Royce, Edward R. (R-CA) Salmon, Matt (R-AZ)
Sanford, Marshall "Mark" (R-SC) Sawyer, Thomas C. (D-OH) Saxton, Jim (R-NJ) Schaefer, Dan (R-CO)
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY) Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. (R-WI) Shadegg, John B. (R-AZ) Shaw, E. Clay, Jr. (R-FL)
Shays, Christopher (R-CT) Shuster, Bud (R-PA) Sisisky, Norman (D-VA) Skeen, Joe (R-NM)
Skelton, Ike (D-MO) Slaughter, Louise McIntosh (D-NY) Smith, Nick (R-MI) Smith, Christopher H. (R-NJ)
Smith, Lamar S. (R-TX) Smith, Linda (R-WA) Solomon, Gerald B. H. (R-NY) Souder, Mark E. (R-IN)
Spence, Floyd (R-SC) Spratt, John M., Jr. (D-SC) Stearns, Cliff (R-FL) Stenholm, Charles W. (D-TX)
Stump, Bob (R-AZ) Stupak, Bart (D-MI) Talent, James M. (R-MO) Tanner, John S. (D-TN)
Tauzin, W. J. (Billy)(LA) Taylor, Gene (D-MS) Taylor, Charles H. (R-NC) Thomas, William M. (R-CA)
Thornberry, William M. "Mac" (R-TX) Thurman, Karen L. (D-FL) Tiahrt, Todd (R-KS) Traficant, James A., Jr. (D-OH)
Upton, Fred (R-MI) Vento, Bruce F. (D-MN) Visclosky, Peter J. (D-IN) Walsh, James T. (R-NY)
Wamp, Zach (R-TN) Watts, J. C., Jr. (R-OK) Waxman, Henry A. (D-CA) Weldon, Curt (R-PA)
Weldon, Dave (R-FL) Weller, Jerry (R-IL) White, Rick (R-WA) Whitfield, Ed (R-KY)
Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS) Wise, Robert E., Jr. (D-WV) Wolf, Frank R. (R-VA) Wynn, Albert Russell (D-MD)
Young, C. W. Bill (R-FL)

KEY:       Democrat: Republican:
  Baldacci, John Elias (D-ME) Barrett, Bill (R-NE)
  Gone from the 106th Congress: Gone from Congress but
elected to the Senate:
  Christensen, Jon (R-NE) Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)
  Gone from the 107th Congress: Two-time hypocrite:
  Coburn, Tom A. (R-OK) Hilleary, Van (R-TN)

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