Congressman (R-Il 6th District)
A member of the House of Representatives since 1975, Henry Hyde has been actively involved in introducing and promoting legislation that addresses U.S. public diplomacy reform. Hyde was the chief sponsor of the 2002 Freedom Promotion Act which allocated over $135 million for the creation of AlHurra television station and reorganized America's international broadcasters underneath the U.S. International Broadcasting Agency.
Hyde joined the International Relations Committee in 1982 and currently serves as its Chairman. In addition to his interest in improving American public diplomacy, Hyde has been involved in several high-profile debates about international arms control, the War Powers Act, the expansion of NATO and the congressional investigation of the Iran-Contra affair.
Hyde also served as the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Intelligence from 1985 - 1991 and has been a member of of the Judiciary Committee since 1975.
Before serving in the U.S. Congress, Hyde spent eight years serving in the Illinois House of Representatives. He received his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1947 and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1949.
In April 2005, Congressman Hyde announced that he will not seek another term in office.
Speeches and Articles on Public Diplomacy
- Speaking to Our Silent Allies: Public Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy US Foreign Policy Agenda, Electronic Journal of the Department of State, December 2002.
- Statement about the H.R. 3969, the Freedom Promotion Act of 2002, July 22, 2002.
- Opening Statement "The Message is America: Rethinking America's Public Diplomacy." Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations. November 11, 2001.