Charles Arthur Hayes (February 17, 1918 – April 8, 1997) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois. Hays was born in Cairo, Illinois, and graduated from Cairo\s Sumner High School in 1935. He was a trade unionist from 1938 to 1983 and served as vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Hayes elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth Congress by a special election held on August 23, 1983, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Harold Washington, who had been elected mayor of Chicago. Hayes was reelected to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses, and served from August 23, 1983 to January 3, 1993. His candidacy for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress was unsuccessful, as he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Bobby Rush. While a representative, Hayes was on the Committee on
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