James Traficant

Politician from United States of America

James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (born May 8, 1941) was a Democratic politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. 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 houseboat in Washington, D.C.. He was sentenced to prison and released on September 2, 2009, after serving a seven-year sentence. Born into a working-class, Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio, Traficant is the son of Agnes (née Farkas) and James Anthony Traficant Sr,.. He is of Italian and Slovak-Hungarian ancestry. Traficant graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1959 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1963; he was drafted into the NFL in the twentieth round (276th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963, and obtained a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and another from Youngstown State University. He was the executive director of the Mahoning County Drug Program from 1971 to 1981 and  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Politician, Chief of police

Political career

Party From To
Democratic Party


Institution From To
University of Pittsburgh
Youngstown State University
Cardinal Mooney High School

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