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James Traficant

James TraficantAKA James Anthony Traficant, Jr.

Born: 8-May-1941
Birthplace: Youngstown, OH
Died: 27-Sep-2014
Location of death: Youngstown, OH
Cause of death: Accident - Misc

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Independent [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Disgraced former Ohio Congressman

Former US Congressman from Ohio, elected to nine terms as a Democrat before being sent to Allenwood Correctional Facility (sans toupee) for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Released from prison in September 2009, and ran unsuccessfully for his old House seat the next year, without party affiliation. Killed in a farm accident in 2014.

[1] "I have been a Democrat all my life, and quite frankly I am disgusted with both parties. I hate to say this." (CNN interview, 23-Feb-2010)

Father: James A. Traficant, Sr.
Mother: Agnes Traficant
Wife: Patricia Choppa (2 daughters)
Daughter: Robin
Daughter: Elizabeth

    High School: Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown, OH (1959)
    University: BS Education, University of Pittsburgh (1963)
    University: MS Administration, University of Pittsburgh (1973)
    University: MS Counseling, Youngstown State University (1976)

    US Congressman, Ohio 17th (3-Jan-1985 to 24-Jul-2002, expelled)
    Ohio State Official Sheriff, Mahoning County, OH (1981-85)
    Bribery 2001
    Racketeering 2001
    Tax Evasion 2001
    Obstruction of Justice
    Represented Self in Court
    Took the Fifth
    Inmate: Allenwood Federal Prison 5-Aug-2002 to 2009
    Risk Factors: Toupee

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