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Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st District


Myers was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1980.

Misconduct

In June 2022, former Rep. Myers - convicted in 1980 of bribery in the ABSCAM scandal when he was a member of Congress - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, and falsification of voting records in state elections in Pennsylvania on behalf of candidates in the Democratic party from 2014-2018, and conspiring to vote illegally in a federal election.

Jun. 8, 2022 Pleaded guilty.

Myers was convicted of bribery in 1980 as part of the ABSCAM investigation and on Oct. 2, 1980, the House of Representatives expelled him in a 376-30 vote.

Aug. 30, 1980 Convicted of bribery.
Sep. 24, 1980 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended expulsion, 10-2 (Sept. 24, 1980)
Oct. 2, 1980 House of Representatives expelled, 376-30

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Myers is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Myers sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Myers sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (44%) Government Operations and Politics (33%) Housing and Community Development (22%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Myers recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Oct 1980, Myers missed 555 of 2,762 roll call votes, which is 20.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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