Traficant was the representative for Ohio’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 2002.
On Jul. 18, 2002, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Traficant for conspiracy to violate federal bribery and gratuity statutes, receipt of illegal gratuities, obstruction of justice, defrauding the government, racketeering, and tax evasion for which he was convicted. The committee unanimously recommended expulsion. On Jul. 24, 2002, the House of Representatives expelled Trafficant, 420-1.
|Jul. 18, 2002||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct unanimously recommended expulsion|
|Jul. 24, 2002||House of Representatives expelled Trafficant, 420-1|
Traficant is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Traficant sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Traficant was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1901 (106th): To designate the United States border station located in Pharr, Texas, as the “Kika de la Garza United States Border Station”.
- H.R. 2357 (106th): To designate the United States Post Office located at 3675 Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as the “Louise Stokes Post Office”.
- H.R. 2129 (105th): To designate the United States Post Office located at 150 North 3rd Street in Steubenville, Ohio, as the “Douglas Applegate Post Office”.
- H.R. 869 (104th): To designate the Federal building and U.S. Courthouse located at 125 Market Street in Youngstown, Ohio, as the “Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse”.
- H.R. 965 (104th): To designate the Federal building located at 600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Place in Louisville, Kentucky, as the “Romano L. Mazzoli Federal Building”.
- H.J.Res. 326 (103rd): Designating January 16, 1995, as “National Good Teen Day”.
- H.J.Res. 75 (103rd): Designating January 16, 1994, as “National Good Teen Day”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Traficant sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (25%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Law (12%) International Affairs (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Commerce (8%)
Some of Traficant’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3982 (107th): Steel Workers Relief Act of 2002
- H.R. 3633 (107th): Oklahoma City Victims Compensation Act
- H.Con.Res. 308 (107th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Attorney General should appoint ...
- H.Con.Res. 307 (107th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Attorney General should appoint ...
- H.Con.Res. 306 (107th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Attorney General should appoint ...
- H.Con.Res. 261 (107th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should support ...
- H.R. 3056 (107th): Flight Deck and Aircraft Integrity Enhancement Act of 2001
From Jan 1985 to Jul 2002, Traficant missed 439 of 9,386 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills