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James Traficant

Personal data
Date of birthMay 8, 1941(age 75)
Place of birthYoungstown, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic (1981-2010)
Independent (2010-present)
SpousePatricia "Tish" Choppa Traficant
ReligionRoman Catholic
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 17th district
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1985 - July 24, 2002
Succeeded byTim Ryan
Preceded byLyle Williams

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James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (born May 8, 1941) is a former Democratic Representative in the United States Congress from Ohio (from 1985 to 2002). He represented the 17th Congressional District, which centered on his hometown of Youngstown and included parts of three counties in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley. He was expelled after being convicted of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and forcing his aides to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and on his houseboat in Washington, D.C., and was released from prison on September 2, 2009, after serving a seven-year sentence.

Traficant signed a limited, three-month contract to work as a part-time weekend talk radio host for Cleveland news/talk station WTAM in January 2010. His contract permitted him to quit if he chose to run for office. As of July 2010, it remains unclear if Traficant will return to the station; the WTAM website currently makes no mention of him.

Traficant ran for his old seat in the 2010 general election as an independent; he was defeated by incumbent Tim Ryan.


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