Philip H. Hayes

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Philip H. Hayes
County Attorney of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byRoger H. Zion
Succeeded byDavid L. Cornwell
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
November 4, 1970 – November 6, 1974
Serving with Robert D. Orr (1970–1972)
Preceded bySidney S. Kramer[1]
Succeeded byJoseph Franklin O'Day[2]
Constituency26th district (1970–1972)
49th district (1972–1974)
Personal details
Philip Harold Hayes

(1940-09-01)September 1, 1940
Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 2023(2023-12-20) (aged 83)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationIndiana University (BA, JD)

Philip Harold Hayes (September 1, 1940 – December 20, 2023) was an American politician and lawyer from Indiana. He was a U.S. Representative, serving in Congress for one term from 1975 to 1977.


Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Hayes attended Rensselaer (Indiana) Elementary School. He graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1958, B.A., Indiana University in 1963, and J.D., Indiana University Law School in 1967. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1967 and District of Columbia bar in 1977.

Early career

He was initially a lawyer in private practice, and then a deputy prosecuting attorney for Vanderburgh County, Indiana from 1967 to 1968. He subsequently served as member of the Indiana State senate from 1971 to 1974.[3]


Hayes was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress (January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1977). He introduced the National Climatic Program Act of 1975, a version of which eventually became law as the National Climate Program Act in 1978.[4][5]

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1976, but was the unsuccessful primary election challenger to three-term incumbent Vance Hartke for nomination to the United States Senate.

Later life and death

Hayes was county attorney in Vanderburgh County, Indiana from 2001 to 2002.

Hayes was a resident of Evansville, Indiana.

Hayes died in Evansville on December 20, 2023, at age 83.[6]


  1. ^ "Offices". 3 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Offices". 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ Sarah Loesch (December 20, 2023). "Philip Hayes, ex-U.S. congressman and Evansville attorney, dies at 83". Evansville Courier.
  4. ^ The national climate program act hearings, 1976
  5. ^ The National Climate Program Act of 1978, Picturing Meteorology, June 15, 2017]
  6. ^ "HAYES, Philip Harold". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 27, 2023.

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Indiana Senate
Preceded by
Sidney S. Kramer
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 26th district

Served alongside: Robert D. Orr
Succeeded by
Don Larry Park
Preceded by
Constituency established
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 49th district

Succeeded by
Joseph Franklin O'Day
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by