Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Traficant, Jr., James A. "Jim"
<-  1990-01-01  
NameJames A. "Jim" Traficant, Jr.
Poland, Ohio , United States
Website [Link]
Born May 08, 1941
DiedSeptember 27, 2014 (73 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 26, 2018 02:26pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Censured - Convicted - Expelled - Imprisoned - Removed From Office - Reprimanded - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
InfoJim Traficant, the oft foul-mouthed, eccentric, maverick Congressman from Ohio's 17th Congressional District, was known as a populist that appealed to the working class (i.e. 'little guy') of the Youngstown, Ohio area.

He received his B.S. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963, where he also played quarterback for the Panther football team (and later tried out for the Oakland Raiders). He earned 2 M.S. degrees from Youngstown State (Administration in 1973 and Counseling in 1976).

From 1971 to 1981, Traficant served as the director of the Mahoning County (Ohio) Drug Program. As director he established a Parent Awareness Group in Ohio to educate families about substance abuse. In 1980, Mr. Traficant was elected Sheriff of Mahoning County. Traficant was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1983. He served eight and three-quarters consecutive terms until he was expelled from Congress on July 24, 2002 after being found guilty in Federal court on a 10-count indictment that included bribery, receiving kickbacks, racketeering, tax evasion, and using his political office for personal gain. He was famous for his one-minute speeches that almost always contained the famous Star Trek phrase, "Beam me up", denim bell-bottom suits, and weed whacker-styled hair.

As Sheriff, Traficant allegedly accepted bribes from the mafia and was tried in Federal court in 1983 under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. He became the first American citizen to defeat the Department of Justice, pro se, in a RICO case, claiming that, as Sheriff, he was conducting a one man sting operation to bring organized crime under control in his county. He did not fare so well in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) case against him. He was found financially responsible for the money he accepted, and it was viewed as income for which he did not pay taxes. The IRS set up a plan to garnish his Congressional wages to account for the taxes and penalties he owed them.

As a Congressman, Traficant was tried and convicted in Federal court during April 2002 on a 10-count indictment. Traficant called on the charges as a conspiracy relating them all the way up the chain to former Justice Department Head Janet Reno (who initiated the charges), as he was critical of her lack of investigation and prosecution in the Chinese monetary contributions to the Democratic National Committee and publicly called her a traitor to the United States. The House, with the recommendation of the House Ethics Committee expelled Congressman Traficant by a 420-1 vote on July 24, 2002 (Rep. Gary Condit was the only Representative in the House to vote against H.R. 495). Since Rep. Traficant had been found guilty in a court of law on felony charges, he was not allowed to vote on any House matters. On July 30, 2002, Traficant was sentenced in Federal court to 8 years in the Federal Correctional Institute at Allenwood in White Deer, PA. He was relocated in 2004 to the Federal Correction Institute in Ray Brook, NY. During December 2004, Jim Traficant was admitted to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN for an undisclosed reason. He was released from prison on September 2, 2009.


Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 20, 2010 10:35am Statement Ex-Ohio congressman Traficant, now out of prison, says he's leaving Dems to become independent  Article RP 
Feb 20, 2010 02:00am General Traficant does not file for candidacy at deadline  Article Jason 
Jan 30, 2010 02:00am General Traficant says he's moving forward with casino plans  Article Jason 
Jan 09, 2010 09:00am News Traficant Hits The Airwaves  Article ArmyDem 
Dec 30, 2009 06:35pm News Report: Traficant says 'beam me up' in 2010  Article ArmyDem 
Nov 02, 2009 11:20am News Out of Jail, Colorful Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant is Now a Newspaper Columnist   Article Jason 

Importance? 8.00000 Average

Wife Patricia "Tish" Traficant 00, 0000-

  11/02/2010 OH District 17 Lost 16.03% (-37.87%)
  11/05/2002 OH District 17 Lost 15.19% (-35.95%)
  11/07/2000 OH District 17 Won 49.96% (+27.23%)
  03/07/2000 OH District 17- D Primary Won 50.49% (+16.43%)
  11/03/1998 OH District 17 Won 68.14% (+36.28%)
  11/05/1996 OH District 17 Won 90.96% (+81.93%)
  11/08/1994 OH District 17 Won 77.41% (+54.81%)
  11/03/1992 OH District 17 Won 84.16% (+68.32%)
  06/02/1992 OH District 17 - D Primary Won 91.53% (+83.06%)
  11/06/1990 OH District 17 Won 77.71% (+55.43%)
  05/08/1990 OH District 17 - D Primary Won 91.92% (+87.86%)
  11/08/1988 OH District 17 Won 77.23% (+54.45%)
  07/01/1988 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.13% (-42.33%)
  05/03/1988 OH District 17 - D Primary Won 85.91% (+71.82%)
  03/13/1988 US President - Pop Convention Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  11/04/1986 OH District 17 Won 72.26% (+44.51%)
  05/06/1986 OH District 17 - D Primary Won 75.54% (+55.40%)
  11/06/1984 OH District 17 Won 53.33% (+7.62%)
  05/08/1984 OH District 17 - D Primary Won 54.03% (+25.76%)
  11/04/1980 Mahoning County Sheriff Won 60.55% (+21.11%)
US House Speaker - Jan 03, 2001 R J. Dennis Hastert