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Congressional Misconduct Database

This page tracks Congress members’ misconduct, ranging from ethics investigations to criminal convictions, that we’ve been able to locate for the last 10 years. Our sources include the House’s Office of Congressional Ethics, the House Committee on Ethics, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Wikipedia’s list of convictions, and The Washington Post’s list of indictments.

We’ll add to this page as instance of misconduct occur. Are we missing anything? Let us know.

More information about this list is at the bottom of the page.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4]

On Dec. 15, 2017, the House Committee on Ethics announced that it had begun an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Kihuen.

Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]

In 2017, Franks resigned due to reports that he had asked staff members to carry his surrogate child and had offered one staffer $5 million dollars to impregnate her via intercourse.

Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN]

In 2017 Franken announced his resignation due to allegations of sexual harassment. Select Committee on Ethics has began investigating Senator Franken on November 30, 2017. On December 7, 2017, Senator Franken announced his resignation.

Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]

On December 5, 2017, Conyers resigned from office at the start of an investigation for sexual harassment, age discrimination, and improper use of official resources for personal purposes.

Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]

Menendez is being investigated for unspecified misconduct in 2012, presumably including the corruption and bribery charges for which he faced a trial that resulted in a mistrial. Select Committee on Ethics reopened its investigation now that Senator Menendez's corruption and bribery case has ended in a mistrial.

Rep. William Jefferson [D-LA2, 1991-2008]

In 2009 Jefferson was convicted of bribery. In 2012, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison. In 2017, 7 of the 10 indictments were dismissed and he was released from prison.

Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]

In 2017 Collins was investigated for sharing material nonpublic information in the purchase of Innate stock, may have used his status to purchase discounted stock and in 2013 may have directed an NIH employee to meet with Innate staff to discuss a clinical trial. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]

In 2017 Gutierrez was investigated for having been arrested during a protest outside of the White House. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no action as the fine has been paid. On November 28, 2017, Representative Gutierrez announced he would not seek reelection to Congress.

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0]

In 2017 Bardallo was investigated for receiving profit from a foreign government; excess gifts; use of official funds for personal travel; used congressional staff for personal services. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]

In 2017 Conyers was investigated for compensating staff for work in 2016 not commensurate with pay with House of Representatives funds. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]

In 2017 Lujan was investigated for requesting that his congressional campaign committee issue communications, including requests for donations, using images of him in a “sit-in” demonstration in the House. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that no action was needed.

Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]

In 2017 Williams was investigated for improperly taking official action in 2015 on a matter in which he had a personal financial interest. The House Committee on Ethics concluded the Williams Amendment could have affected Representative Williams’ personal financial interests, however the totality of the circumstances surrounding Representative Williams’ actions did not create a reasonable inference of improper conduct.

Rep. Greg Gianforte [R-MT0]

In 2017 Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter in 2017 the night before he was elected to Congress.

Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]

In 2017 Nunes was investigated for unauthorized disclosures of classified information. The investigation is closed as of 12/07/2017.

Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]

In 2016 Hunter was investigated for converting funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman [R-IN3, 2010-2016]

In 2016 Stutzman was investigated for using campaign funds for a 2015 family trip which included some campaign activity. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review; however after Stutzman's loss in the 2016 election, the investigation was ended.

Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]

In 2015 Grayson was investigated for numerous alleged violations, the majority of which relate to his leadership and ownership of a hedge fund and law firms, omissions from his annual financial disclosure forms, and the use of official resources for unofficial purposes. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review; however due to a loss in the 2016 election, the investigation was ended.

Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]

In 2015 Honda was investigated for using official resources for campaign purposes. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. Honda lost his 2016 election.

Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]

In 2016 Brown was convicted for a range of mail violations, wire fraud, defrauding the IRS and related charges. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. In 2016, Brown lost in the primary and in 2017 she was convicted of the charges against her. In December 2017, she was sentenced to five years in prison.

Rep. David McKinley [R-WV1]

In 2016 McKinley received a letter of reproval for for remaining a named partner in his prior business after being elected to Congress. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that McKinley violated House rules and issued a letter of reproval.

Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]

In 2016 Meadows was investigated for retaining an employee through 2015 who did not perform duties after 2014 commensurate with the compensation the employee received. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Ed Whitfield [R-KY1, 1995-2016]

In 2016 Whitfield received a letter of reproval for permitting his spouse to lobby him and/or his congressional staff from 2011 to 2014. The House Committee on Ethics found the violation occured & that the report would be the reproval.

Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]

In 2012 Buchanan was investigated for improperly influencing a witness before the FEC and illegally reimbursing campaign contributors. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence on the allegation of witness tampering, but that the illegal reimbursements did occur, albeit without the representative's knowledge.

Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]

In 2016 Fattah was convicted for conspiracy, racketeering, bribery, fraud, falsification of records, making false statements, and money laundering after a 2015 House investigation had been launched. The House Committee on Ethics ended its investigation when Fattah resigned. Fattah resigned in 2016, two days after being convicted of the charges. He is currently serving a ten year sentence.

Rep. Dennis “Denny” Hastert [R-IL14, 1987-2007]

In 2016 Hastert pleaded guilty to child molestation, 10 years after leaving Congress. In 2006, Hastert declined to run for office again. He was indicted in 2015, served 13 months in prison and was released in 2017.

Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2]

In 2015 Polis was investigated for official endorsement of commercial products. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that no action was needed.

Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9]

In 2015 Pittenger was investigated for compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. In May 2017, the FBI closed the investigation without making any charges.

Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27]

In 2015 Farenthold was investigated for sexual harassment on the basis of a 2014 lawsuit filed against him alleging sexual harassment. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review, but to postphone that review until the lawsuit was resolved. The lawsuit was resolved in 2015 with a taxpayer-funded settlement that was revealed in 2017, and the investigation was re-opened. In light of further revelations of inappropriate behavior, Farenthold announced on 12/13/2017 that he would not seek reelection.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]

In 2015 Grisham was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]

In 2015 Meeks was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]

In 2015 Poe was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1]

In 2015 Bridenstine was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]

In 2015 Clarke was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]

In 2015 Davis was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]

In 2015 Lee was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7]

In 2015 Lance was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]

In 2015 Hinojosa was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities. Hinojosa did not seek reelection in 2016.

Rep. Aaron Schock [R-IL18, 2009-2015]

In 2018 Schock will be tried for soliciting campaign contributions in excess of legally allowed amounts. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. In 2015, Schock resigned amid a host of allegations of improper use of campaign funds. His trial is set to begin in January 2018.

Rep. Paul Broun [R-GA10, 2007-2014]

In 2014 Broun was investigated for using official resources for campaign purposes. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. Broun lost his 2014 election.

Rep. Michele Bachmann [R-MN6, 2007-2014]

In 2013 Bachmann was investigated for campaign finance violations. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. Bachmann did not seek reelection in 2014.

Rep. Timothy Bishop [D-NY1, 2003-2014]

In 2013 Bishop was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for constituent services in 2012. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. Representative Bishop lost the 2014 election.

Rep. Thomas “Tom” Petri [R-WI6, 1979-2014]

In 2014 Petri was investigated for performing official work on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest from 2008 to 2013. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. Petri announced in November 2014 he would not seek reelection.

Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]

In 2012 Hastings was investigated for sexual harassment and employment retaliation. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence to act further even though the representative admitted to "less than professional behavior".

Rep. Phil Gingrey [R-GA11, 2003-2014]

In 2012 Gingrey was investigated for 2011 compensation from banks on whose behalf he advocated. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that Gingrey did advocate for banks in which he had a financial interest and issued a letter of reproval. In 2014, Representative Gingrey lost in the primary for one of Georgia's Senate seats.

Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]

In 2014 Chu received a letter of reproval for using House staff to perform campaign activities and then obstructing the investigation. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the campaign work occured without her knowledge but because Chu attempted to obstruct the investigation, a letter of reproval was issued.

Rep. Michael Grimm [R-NY11, 2013-2014]

In 2014 Grimm pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws by soliciting and accepting prohibited campaign contributions, causing false information to be included in campaign finance reports, and improperly seeking assistance from a foreign national in soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for offering to use his official position to assist that individual in obtaining a green card. This plea came three years after the Office of Congressional Ethics began an investigation of the allegations. Grimm resigned in January 2015 and served seven months in prison.

Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]

In 2014 Rush was investigated for allowing state and federal campaign committees to accept in-kind contributions. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]

In 2014 Moore was investigated for an arrest at a 2014 protest in Wisconsin. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the fines would be paid and no further investigation was required.

Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]

In 2014 Young received a letter of reproval for improper travel gifts and failure to disclose them. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Young had improperly accepted travel gifts and issued a letter of reproval.

Rep. Steve Stockman [R-TX36, 2013-2014]

In 2014 Stockman was investigated for conspiring to accept contributions to his congressional campaign committee from individuals who were employed by his congressional office. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. Stockman lost the 2014 Senate primary and did not win re-election to his House seat.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]

In 2013 Gutierrez was investigated for using funds from his Members’ Representational Allowance (“MRA”) from 2003-2013 for an impermissible purpose: to retain an individual to provide services to his congressional office that more closely resemble those provided by an employee or consultant, rather than a contractor. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review. On November 28, 2017, Representative Gutierrez announced he would not seek reelection.

Rep. Robert Rodgers [R-PA28, 1945-1946]

In 2013 Rodgers was investigated for using official resources, including staff, for campaign activities, paying a consultant for official services with funds from political committees, and combining official resources and campaign resources in furtherance of a campaign for a House leadership office from 2010 to 2012. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]

In 2013 Mullin was investigated for receiving excess outside earned income, endorsing companies or products as part of outside employment and serving as a board member or officer for outside companies. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Rep. Robert “Rob” Andrews [D-NJ1, 1990-2014]

In 2013 Andrews was investigated for improper use of campaign funds for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics established an independent subcommittee. In 2014, Andrews resigned from Congress.

Rep. Trey Radel [R-FL19, 2013-2014]

In 2013 Radel pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. The House Committee on Ethics ended the investigation when Radel resigned. In 2014, Radel was sentenced to probation, which he served.

Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6]

In 2013 Roskam was investigated for accepting impermissible travel gifts in 2011. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the travel was improper.

Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]

In 2012 Owens was investigated for accepting impermissible travel gifts in 2011. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the gift was impermissible, but since Owens repaid the funds, the investigation was closed. Owens did not seek reelection in 2014.

Rep. John Tierney [D-MA6, 1997-2014]

In 2013 Tierney was investigated for failing to declare his wife's income of $40,000 to $160,000 from 2007-2010 to Congress and the IRS because Tierney claimed it was actually a gift from his brother-in-law. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the funds were income and not gifts and that no further action was needed. In 2010, Representative Tierney's wife pleaded guilty to tax evasion also related to her brother's income. In 2014, Representative Tierney was defeated in the Democratic primary.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D-TX16, 1997-2012]

In 2012 Reyes was investigated for improper use of campaign funds for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics published findings. Reyes lost the 2012 election.

Rep. Shelley Berkley [D-NV1, 1999-2012]

In 2012 Berkley was investigated for advocating for programs in which she had a financial interest from 2008-2010. The House Committee on Ethics found that the representative had indeed advocated for some programs in which she had a financial interest. In 2012, Representative Berkley lost reelection.

Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]

In 2011 Meeks was investigated for failing to disclose a gift in 2007 and receiving a loan on terms not available to the general public in 2010. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the loan allegation, but found the representative unknowingly failed to properly disclose the gifts.

Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]

In 2012 Ryan was investigated for charges of public intoxication in 2012. The House Committee on Ethics concluded no action was required as the charges were dismissed.

Rep. Jesse Jackson [D-IL2, 1995-2012]

In 2013, Jackson pleaded guilty to misuse of campaign funds after resigning from Congress in 2012. He also said that the 2008 attempt to purchase the former Senate seat of President Obama, for which he was investigated by Congress was done without his knowledge.

Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]

In 2009 Waters was investigated for a conflict of interest with respect to meetings with a bank in which she had a financial interest. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that Representative Waters' chief of state was at fault for creating the appearance of conflict, but Waters was not.

Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]

In 2011 Buchanan was investigated for failing to report positions he held with outside companies and to report unearned income from 2007 to 2010. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the representative unknowingly failed to disclose positions in outside companies and unearned income They were satisfied when the representative amended his forms.

Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]

In 2012 Coburn received a qualified admonishment for meeting with a lobbyist before the one year embargo on former Congressional staffers' lobbying expired. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a qualified admonishment because the senator acknowledged his error and it was only a single meeting. The lobbyist in question was the husband of a Sen. John Ensign staffer with whom Ensign had had an affair. Ensign attempted to placate the husband with a lobbying job and Senator Coburn met with the husband before the lobbying embargo had ended. Coburn retired from the Senate in 2015.

Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]

In 2012 Vitter was investigated for demanding the issuance Gulf of Mexico deep water permits from the Secretary of the Interior in exchange for dropping his block on a proposed salary increase for the Secretary. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges because there did not appear to be any Senate rule or any law in place prohibiting Vitter's actions. In 2014, Senator Vitter lost the election for Louisiana Governor and did not run again for the Senate.

Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]

In 2011 Young was investigated for accepting campaign contributions in excess of legal limits. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the allegations, but also changed House rules to indicate that the activites in the allegations would be a problem going forward.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]

In 2011 Gutierrez was investigated for having been arrested during a protest outside of the White House in 2011. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no action as the fine has been paid. On November 28, 2017, Representative Gutierrez announced he would not seek reelection to Congress.

Rep. Jean Schmidt [R-OH2, 2005-2012]

In 2011 Schmidt was investigated for receiving over $500,000 in gifts as legal services without having established a legal services fund as required and for failing to properly disclose the gifts. The House Committee on Ethics found the legal services were impermissble and that the representative was unaware of this, but that the committee would be satisfied if the representative properly disclosed and paid for the services. In 2012, Schmidt lost reelection. When she left office, she had not paid for those services.

Rep. Eric Massa [D-NY29, 2009-2010]

In 2010 Massa was investigated for sexual harassment. The House Committee on Ethics reauthorized an investigative subcommittee. On March 8, 2010, Representative Massa resigned. On March 10, the Ethics Committee decided to close the investigation since he resigned. On March 11, the House passed a resolution demanding a resumption of the investigation. At some point after he resigned, the Congressional Office of Compliance settled with Massa's victims for $100,000.

Sen. John Ensign [R-NV, 2001-2011]

In 2011 Ensign was investigated for violating lobbying rules in order to cover up an affair. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics referred the matter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission. Senator Ensign resigned May 3, 2011. The Department of Justice dropped its case in 2010 as did the FEC. However, the FEC reopened it after the Senate's report in 2011 and levied fines in 2013.

Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14]

In 2010 Crowley was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions from entities affected by legislation then under consideration in 2009. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]

In 2010 Price was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions from entities affected by legislation then under consideration in 2009. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. In January 2017, Price left Congress to become Heath and Human Services Secretary. On September 29, 2017, Price resigned due to inappropriate use of private and chartered flights while HHS Secretary.

Rep. John Campbell [R-CA45, 2013-2014]

In 2010 Campbell was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions from entities affected by legislation then under consideration in 2009. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. In 2014, Campell announced he would not seek reelection.

Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]

In 2010 Butterfield was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]

In 2010 Hastings was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D-TX27, 1983-2010]

In 2010 Ortiz was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. In 2012, Representative Ortiz lost reelection.

Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]

In 2010 Wilson was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]

In 2010 Aderholt was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]

In 2010 Engel was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action.

Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]

The House voted to censure Rangel for ethics violations and tax evasion on December 2, 2010 by 333-79. In 2016, Representative Rangel did not seek reelection.

Rep. Laura Richardson [D-CA37, 2007-2012]

In 2009 Richardson was investigated for violating gift and financial disclosure rules with respect to her home, its foreclosure and yard work from 2007 to 2008. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that Representative Richardson did not knowingly receive and/or fail to disclose gifts with respect to her home, its foreclosure or yard work. In 2012, Representative Richardson lost reelection.

Rep. Nathan Deal [R-GA9, 2007-2010]

In 2010 Deal was investigated for improper influence over state officials to his financial benefit and failure to accurately disclose his earnings. The House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review. Deal subsequently resigned.

Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]

In 2009 Christensen was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Representative Christensen did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts. In 2014, Christensen did not seek reelection.

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D-MI13, 2003-2010]

In 2009 Kilpatrick was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Representative Kilpatrick did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts. In 2010, Representative Kilpatrick lost the Democratic primary.

Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10, 1989-2012]

In 2009 Payne was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Representative Payne did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts.

Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]

In 2009 Rangel was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Rangel did knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts and ordered him to repay them.

Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]

In 2009 Thompson was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Thompson did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt [R-KS4, 1995-2010]

In 2009 Tiahrt was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges. In 2010, Representative Tiahrt ran for the Senate and lost.

Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]

In 2009 Visclosky was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges.

Rep. Norman “Norm” Dicks [D-WA6, 1977-2012]

In 2009 Dicks was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges. In 2012, Dicks did not seek reelection.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]

In 2009 Kaptur was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges.

Rep. James “Jim” Moran [D-VA8, 1991-2014]

In 2009 Moran was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges. In 2014, Representative Moran announced he would not seek reelection.

Rep. John Murtha [D-PA12, 1973-2010]

In 2009 Murtha was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges. On February 8, 2010, Representative Murtha died.

Rep. W. Bill Young [R-FL13, 2013-2013]

In 2009 Young was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges. On October 18, 2013, Representative Young died.

Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark [D-CA13, 1993-2012]

In 2009 Stark was investigated for claiming tax credits for a residence which was not his primary residence. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges as Representative Stark neither sought credits improperly nor did he receive them. In 2012, Representative Stark announced his retirement from Congress.

Sen. Roland Burris [D-IL, 2009-2010]

In 2009 Burris received a qualified admonishment for appearing to agree to a quid pro quo with Rod Blagojevich with respect to Blagojevich's brother's campaign and Burris's senate appointment. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a qualified admonishment because while they did not find evidence of crimes, Burris' own comments were misleading with respect to what he promised in exchange for his senate appointment. Senator Burris served in the Senate only 9 months, with Mark Kirk winning the 2010 election.

Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]

In 2009 Graves was investigated for inviting improper hearing witnesses. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges as Representative Graves did not act improperly.

Sen. Kent Conrad [D-ND, 1992-2012]

In 2009 Conrad was investigated for receiving mortgages from Countrywide Financial in violation of Senate gift rules. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismssed the charges because the loans were not part of a program specifically benefiting senators. In 2012, Conrad did not run for reelection.

Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT, 1981-2010]

In 2009 Dodd was investigated for receiving mortgages from Countrywide Financial in violation of Senate gift rules. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismssed the charges because the loans were not part of a program specifically benefiting senators. In 2010, Senator Dodd did not run for reelection.

Rep. Rick Renzi [R-AZ1, 2003-2008]

In 2013 Renzi was convicted for allegations of personal gain in a land swap deal. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. Representative Renzi did not run for reelection in 2008 and in 2013 Renzi was convicted and sentenced to serve three years in prison.

Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]

In 2008 Vitter was investigated for hiring prostitutes. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges because the solicitation happened before his Senate term, did not involve public funds and did not result in criminal charges. In 2014, Senator Vitter lost the election for Louisiana Governor and did not run again for the Senate.

Sen. Pete Domenici [R-NM, 1973-2008]

In 2008 Domenici received a qualified admonishment for accused of attempting to influence a federal investigation. Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a qualified admonishment because while they found no evidence of wrongdoing, the senator should have known how it would look. In 2007, Senator Domenici announced he would retire from the Senate in 2008 at the end of his term.

Sen. Larry Craig [R-ID, 1991-2008]

In 2007 Craig pleaded guilty to using his status to receive special treatment and using campaign funds to pay legal expenses stemming from an arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished the senator on both counts. In 2007, Senator Craig was arrested for lewd conduct pleaded to disorderly conduct and subsequently attempted to withdraw his guilty plea. He retired at the end of his term in 2008 and as of 2016 has been ordered to personally pay for legal fees incurred that had previously been paid with campaign funds.

Sen. Ted Stevens [R-AK, 1968-2008]

In 2008 Stevens was convicted of making false statements. Prior to sentencing in 2009, the indictment was dismissed. Stevens lost the 2008 election and died in 2010.


We plan to add instances of expulsion, censure, and other cases going back to the beginning of the nation — stay tuned.

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