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Sen. Frank Smith

Former Senator for Illinois

Smith was a senator from Illinois and was a Republican. He served from 1926 to 1929.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district as a Republican from 1919 to 1921.


On May. 19, 1926, Smith's admitted excessive campaign contributions from a utility company he regulated. Smith won election anyway in 1926, but was appointed before being seated to a vacant Senate seat. The Senate refused to seat Smith.

May. 19, 1926 Smith's admitted excessive campaign contributions from a utility company he regulated put him under investigation after the primary and during the general election season. Smith won anyway in 1926 and would normally have then been seated in March 1927.
Dec. 7, 1926 Senator McKinley (also of Illinois) died.
Dec. 9, 1926 Senate resolution was introduced to preclude the seating of Smith should he be appointed to fill McKinley's slot
Dec. 16, 1926 Governor of Illinois appointed Smith to McKinley's seat to fill the remainder of his term.
Jan. 19, 1927 Smith presented his credentials for seating in the Senate.
Jan. 20, 1927 Senate refused to seat Smith and referred the allegations to the Committee on Privileges and Elections
Jan. 17, 1928 Committee on Privileges and Elections reported that Smith should not be seated due to campaign corruption
Jan. 28, 1928 Senate voted 61-23 to exclude Smith
1928 Three weeks later Smith resigned, the Illinois governor accepted it, announced a vacancy and named Smith to fill the vacancy. Smith did not claim the seat and then lost in the 1928 primaries.

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