Sexual "Scandals" in the Federal Governement, since 1990
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NameYearPartyOfficeAlleged offenseMoral Outrage Today (1-5)OutcomeTakeawayNegative effect on career?CommentsWiki
1Bill Clinton1998DPOTUSAffairs, sexual harassment, sexual assault4Served rest of term, but impeached
Impeached, but remained in office
Definite creeper- probably could not get elected today. Career was over, so escaped effects.
Bill Clinton, President (D) Revelations that White House intern Monica Lewinsky had oral sex with Clinton in the Oval Office leading him to famously declare on TV on January 26, 1998, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal led to impeachment by the House for perjury, for lying about the affair under oath. He was acquitted in the Senate with 55 senators voting Not Guilty to 45 senators voting Guilty (falling 22 votes short of the two-thirds necessary to convict). (1998)[84][85] In a plea bargain to avoid another trial alleging charges of impeding the initial investigation, Clinton's law license was suspended by the state of Arkansas for five years.[86] Additionally, Clinton was accused by Juanita Broaddrick for sexual assault.[87]
Austin J Murphy
1990DHFathered child out of wedlock2Won re-election
Did not resign or relent power
NLater convicted of unrelated voter fraud
Austin J. Murphy, Representative (D-PA), acknowledged fathering a child out of wedlock after a political opponent came forward with video of Murphy leaving the home of his mistress.[65] (1990)
3Chuck Robb1991DSAffair2Won re-electionN
Charles S. Robb Senator (D-VA) while married to Lynda Bird Johnson, Robb acknowledged drinking champagne and having a nude massage with Miss Virginia Tai Collins denying an affair, though he admitted an "indiscreet friendship." Collins claimed it was an 18-month affair. Soon after, Collins appeared nude in Playboy.[66] (1991)
Brock Adams
1992DSSexual Harrasment, possible rape4.5Did not run for re-electionYNo convictions or admission, but left office
Brock Adams, Senator (D-WA), was accused by eight women of committing various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.[67] Adams denied the accusations, there was no criminal prosecution, and he did not run for re-election.[68] (1992)
Mel Reynolds
1995DHStatuatory rape4.5
Re-elected during accusation period, resigned after conviction
Didn't walk away until conviction
YWalking conviction factory. Tax, fraud, and more.
Mel Reynolds, Representative (D-IL), resigned from Congress in 1995 after a conviction for statutory rape. In August 1994, he was indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer that began during the 1992 campaign.[88] Despite the charges, he continued his campaign and was re-elected that November; he had no opposition.[88] Reynolds initially denied the charges, which he claimed were racially motivated. On August 22, 1995, he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. He resigned his seat on October 1 of that year.[89]
Tim Mahoney
2008DHAffairs, bad boss3Lost re-electionYReplaced Mark Foley
Tim Mahoney, Representative (D-FL), was elected to the seat of Mark Foley, who had resigned following sexual harassment charges from his congressional interns. Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that is safer, more moral". In October 2008, he admitted he placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her, saying, "You work at my pleasure." He then admitted to multiple other affairs.[117]
John Edwards
S, VP-Cand, P-Cand
Affair, producing love child3Did not run for re-electionCarrer ender affairY
Everyone thought he was a dick, mainly because the dying wife he was cheating on was well liked.
John Edwards, Senator (D-NC), admitted to an extramarital affair with actress and film producer Rielle Hunter, which produced a child, seriously undercutting his 2008 presidential campaign.[119] (see federal political scandals)
8Gary Condit2008DRAffair, rape and murder2Ran for reelection, primaried
Didn't walk away, maintained innocence
YWas actually innocent of anything worse than affair
Gary Condit, Representative (D-CA): his affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in 2008, an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder.[90] Condit had often demanded that Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. (2001)[91]
9Eric Massa2010DHSexual harrassment (gay)3ResignedY
Eric Massa, Representative (D-NY), resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted groping and tickling of multiple male staffers. He later stated on Fox News, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe," (2010)[125][126]
10David Wu2011DHSexual advances on an 18Yr. Old2ResignedY
David Wu, Representative (D-OR), resigned from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. July 26, 2011.[141][142]
Anthony Weiner
2011DHSexting, underage sexting4Resigned, ran for mayor and lostPrison for underage sextingY
Anthony Weiner, Representative (D-NY), admitted to sending sexually explicit photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account.[134] He resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011,[135] but kept sexting after his resignation.[136] (2011) On Nov 6, 2017, Weiner began serving a 21-month sentence for sexting a 15 year-old girl.[137]
12Al Franken2017DSSexual harrasment3ResignedAre you kidding?YThat wasn't sexual harassment, but he still had to go.
Al Franken Senator (D-MN), was accused by radio newscaster Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her as part of a skit and later groping her without consent during a U.S.O. tour in 2006. Tweeden produced photo evidence of the grope, taken by Franken when Tweeden was asleep. Franken admitted to the allegations and apologized for his actions and then resigned.[171]
John Conyers
2017DHSexual harrassment4ResignedY
John Conyers Jr. US Congressman (D-MI), A former staffer for Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan accused the Detroit Democrat of unwanted sexual advances. A woman who had settled a sexual harassment claim against him stated that the lawmaker had "violated" her body, repeatedly propositioned her for sex and asked her to touch his genitals. He then resigned.(2017)[173][174]
Newt Gingrich
1998RHMultiple affairs2
Did not run for re-election,resigned days early (to give replacement seniority), ran for president
Called for resignation of Clinton
He left the house, but still ran for President and has served under Trump. (Fourth)Wife is now Ambassador to the Vatican.
Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the Republican Revolution of 1994,[78] resigned from the House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair with a staffer while he was married to his second wife, and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky. (1998)[79][80]
15Bob Barr1999RHAffair, inappropriate behavior with women2Won re-election, but primaried next election
Called for resignation of Clinton
Became a Libertarian afterprimary loss. Scandal may or may not have contributed to primary loss.
Bob Barr, Representative (R-GA), had an affair while married to his second wife. Barr was the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Clinton's resignation due to the Lewinsky scandal. Barr lost a primary challenge less than three years after the impeachment proceedings. (1999)[73]
16Herman Cain2012RP-CandidateSexual harrassment, affairs4Suspended campaign?He wasn't going anywhere anyways.
Herman Cain (R) 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was accused of sexual harassment by several women. These accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for the presidential nomination (2012)[143][144]including Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a 13-year affair with Ginger White.[145][146] Donna Donella also reported possible inappropriate behavior.[147][148][149]
17Roy Moore2017RS-CandidatePedo4Lost election, refused to accept loss?
R's still support him, D's already hated him. Sure he lost (barely) his election, but he wasn't in office.
Roy Moore U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama (R) was been accused by nine women[169] of sexual misconduct with them when they were in their teens. The first of his accusers said that at the time, she was 14 years old, while he was 32.[170] Moore lost a special election for Alabama Senate following these accusations.
Clarence Thomas
1991RSCOTUSSexual Harrasment4
Confirmed (by oppostion controlled senate!)
Still in officeN
Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS nominee, was accused of sexual harrassment by Anita Hill prior to his Senate Confirmation Hearings. He later wrote an autobiography addressing Anita Hill's allegations, and she also wrote an autobiography addressing her experience in the hearings. 1991 [65]
Ken Calvert
1993RHCaught with prostitute3Won re-electionStill in officeN
Ken Calvert, Representative (R-CA), was involved with a prostitute, but claimed that no money was involved, and he was not arrested.[70] Calvert apologized: "My conduct that evening was inappropriate.... it violated the values of the person I strive to be."[70] (1993)
20Dan Burton1995RHAffair, producing love child2Won re-election
Called for resignation of Clinton
Dan Burton, Representative (R-IN): In 1995 speaking of the then-recent affairs of Republican Robert Packwood and the unfolding affair of Democrat Bill Clinton Burton stated "No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties...." In 1998 Vanity Fair printed an article detailing an affair which Burton himself had in 1983 which produced a child. Before publication Burton admitted to fathering a son with a former state employee.[74][75]
21Henry Hyde1998RHAffair2Won re-election
Called for resignation of Clinton
N"Youthful indiscretions" He was 41 during the affair.
Henry Hyde, Representative (R-IL): in 1998, stated that from 1965 to 1969 (before Hyde won federal office), he conducted an extramarital sexual affair with a married woman who had three children from her marriage. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a "youthful indiscretion".The revelation of this affair took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.[81]
Helen Chenowith-Hage
1999RHAffair2Won re-election
Called for resignation of Clinton
NNo need to resign because "God forgave her"
Helen Chenoweth-Hage, Representative (R-ID), called for the resignation of Bill Clinton, and then admitted in 1998 to having had a six-year affair with a married rancher before she entered government.[71] Chenoweth said: "Fourteen years ago, when I was a private citizen and a single woman, I was involved in a relationship that I came to regret, that I'm not proud of....I only wish I could have learned the lessons sooner."[72] (1998)
23David Vitter1999RH+SMultiple affairs, prostitutes3Won re-election, then won a Senate seat
Called for resignation of Clinton
NReplaced Bob Livingston in House…
David Vitter, Senator (R-LA), took over the House seat of former Congressman Robert Livingston, who resigned in 1999 following revelations of an extramarital affair. At the time, Vitter stated, "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign as well...."[100] Vitter's name was then discovered in the address book of the Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam"). (2007)[101]
Steven LaTourette
2003RHAffair2Won re-election
Called for resignation of Clinton
Steven C. LaTourette, Representative (R-OH), was elected in 1994 and had voted to impeach Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal. He himself had a long-term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was married. He married Laptook after his divorce. (2003)[94]
Strom Thurmond
2003RSFathered *black* girl1Died before publicly knownReallllly old issue.NHistorical racist
Strom Thurmond, Senator (R-SC), noted segregationist, fathered a child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with a 15-year-old African American in 1925 who was employed by the Thurmond family. (2003)[93]
26David Dreier2004RHGay relationship, while anti-gay1Won re-electionNHypocrite Log Cabin'r
David Dreier, Representative (R-CA), voted against a number of gay rights proposals, but was outed concerning his relationship with his chief of staff. (2004)[95][96] He is featured in the 2009 documentary film Outrage.[97]
Scott DesJarlais
2012RHAffairs, mistress abortion4Won re-electionsStill in officeNAnt-abortionist, making mistress get an abortion.
Scott DesJarlais, Representative (R-TN), admitted under oath to at least six affairs, including two affairs with his patients and staffers while he was a physician at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, TN. Additionally, while running on a pro-life platform, DesJarlais made his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a mistress who was his patient, into an abortion as well.[138][139][140]
Pete Domenici
2013RSAffair, producing love child2Won re-electionVoted to remove ClintonN
Pete Domenici Senator (R-NM) voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his affair with Monica Lewinsky. In 2013 he confessed that in 1978 he fathered a son, Adam Laxalt, outside of his marriage; Adam Laxalt's mother is Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of Senator Paul Laxalt and a prominent Republican lobbyist.[82][83]
Dennis Hastert
2015RHTax fraud cover up of pedophilia with boys5Retired before getting caughtN
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (R-IL), pled guilty to structuring bank withdrawals in order to conceal deliberately-unspecified misconduct by Hastert against an unnamed individual years earlier.[159] At a sentencing hearing in October 2015, Hastert admitted that he had sexually abused boys while he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades earlier. (2015)[160][161]
Donald Trump
2016RPOTUSOMG, yeah4.5Still in officeNNo effect yet...
Donald Trump (R), the 45th President of the United States, was accused of sexual assault by 13 women during the 2016 election and he denied the allegations.[162] The allegations arose after The Washington Post released a 2005 video of Trump, recorded on a hot microphone by Access Hollywood, in which he brags about groping women.[163][164] "[165] Trump himself renewed the controversy a year later by alleging that the video was fake,[166] to which Access Hollywood replied, "Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real. Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker-room talk.' He said every one of those words."[167][168]
Arland Strangland
1990RHMistress, phone call scandal2Lost re-election, retired
Did not resign or relent power
Arlan Stangeland (R-MN) U.S. House of Representatives (1977 – 1991). He lost his campaign for re-election in 1990, largely because of a scandal, having made several hundred long-distance phone calls on his House credit card to a female lobbyist from Virginia. He admitted that he had made the calls, but denied having a romantic relationship with the woman. After his loss he subsequently retired from politics.(1990)[63][64]
Bob Packwood
1995RSSexual Harrasment4Resigned
Did not admit, busted by own journals
Y29 women accusers
Robert Packwood, Senator (R-OR), resigned his office after 29 women came forward with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assaults. His denials of any wrongdoing were eventually contradicted by his own diaries boasting of his sexual conquests. (1995)[69]
Robert Livingston
1998RHMultiple affairs2Retired
Called for resignation of Clinton
YReplaced by David Vitter
Robert Livingston, Representative (R-LA), called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and when his own extramarital affairs were leaked, his wife urged him to resign and urge Clinton to do likewise. (1998)[76][77]
Don Sherwood
2004RHAffair, domestic abuse of mistress4Lost re-election bidY
Don Sherwood, Representative (R-PA), failed to win re-election following revelations of a five-year extramarital affair with Cynthia Ore, who accused him of physically abusing her. (2004)[98]
35Ed Schrock2004RHSoliciting *gay* sex4Aborted re-election campaignWalked awayY
Ed Schrock, Representative (R-VA), announced he would abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute after having aggressively opposed various gay-rights issues in Congress, such as same-sex marriage and gays in the military.[92]
36Mark Foley2006RHUnderage, gay sexting4ResignedYReplaced by Tim Mahoney
Mark Foley, Representative (R-FL), resigned his House seat when accused of sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages. He was replaced by Tim Mahoney. (2006)[99]
Randall Tobias
2007RP-StaffProstitutes, DC Madam3ResignedY
Randall L. Tobias (R), Deputy Secretary of State and former "AIDS Czar" appointed by George W. Bush, stated that U.S. funds should be denied to countries that permitted prostitution.[102] He resigned on April 27, 2007, after confirming that he had been a customer of Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam").[103]
38Larry Craig2007RSGay bathroom event, plead guilty4
Resigned, rescinded resignation, declined to run for re-election.
Larry Craig (R-ID), a U.S. Senator for 18 years, was arrested on June 11, 2007 and charged with lewd conduct arising from his behavior in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.[104][105][106] Craig pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct; he later unsuccessfully sought to withdraw his guilty plea.[107][108][109] He announced his resignation three months later on September 1, 2007, but changed his mind again, although he did not seek re-election in 2008. (2007)[110][111][112][113][114][115][116]
39Vito Fossella2008RHAffair, producing love child2Did not run for re-election
Arrest for DUI led to knowledge of affair
YDUI probably had more impact
Vito Fossella, Representative (R-NY), was arrested for drunken driving. Under questioning, the married Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. (2008)[118]
40John Ensign2009RH+SAffair and coverup2
Announced he would run, then decided not to run for re-election.
John Ensign, Senator (R-NV), resigned his position as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009, after admitting he had an affair with the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign.[120] Under investigation, he then resigned his Senate seat 20 months early in 2011[121] In 1998, Senator Ensign had called for President Bill Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009)[122]
Chip Pickering
2009RHAffair2Did not run for re-electionY
Chip Pickering, Representative (R-MS): on July 16, 2009, it was announced that his wife had filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against a woman with whom Chip allegedly had an affair.[123] The lawsuit claimed the adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage and his political career. (2009)[124]
42Mark Souder2010RHAffair2Resigned"Family Values" candidateY
Mark Souder, Representative (R-IN), a staunch advocate of abstinence and family values,[127][128] resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted extramarital affair with a female staffer. (2010)[129][130][131]
43Chris Lee2011RHShirtless photo1ResignedY
Chris Lee, Representative (R-NY), resigned hours after a news report that he had sent a shirtless picture of himself flexing his muscles to a woman via Craigslist, along with flirtatious e-mails.[132] He did not rely on a pseudonymor a false e-mail address but used his official Congressional e-mail for all communication. Lee said: "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents.... I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness."[133] (2011)
Vance McAllister
Refused to resign, but didn't run for re-election
Vance McAllister, Representative (R-LA), who is married and the father of five, was caught on surveillance camera deeply kissing a married staffer. Several prominent Republicans asked McAllister to resign. In response, he stated he would not seek re-election in 2016.[150][151] McCallister said: "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve". (2014)[152]
Blake Farenthold
Sexual harassment, taxpayer paid lawsuit settlement
Did not run for re-election, then suddenly resigned
Blake Farenthold, US Representative (R-TX) was reported to have paid $84,000 of taxpayer money, via the House of Representatives Office of Compliance, to settle a sexual harassment complaint from a former staffer. Farenthold's former communications director Lauren Greene sued the congressman in December 2014,[157] and a settlement was reached in 2015. The identity of Farenthold with respect to taxpayer involvement was made public in 2017. This was the first documented case of taxpayer funds being used to settle sexual harassment complaints against a member of Congress. (2014)[158]
Matthew Pennell
2015RH-StaffSexual assault4.5Fired/ResignedPrisonYNot an elected official
Matthew P. Pennell (R) staff for US Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) of the Tea Party, was arrested on 17 counts of alleged child sex crimes. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison (2015)[153][154][155][156]
47Joe Barton2017RHSent (consensual!) dick pics, affairs2
Still in office, not running for re-election
Consensual messages, but then apparent jilted lover made pics revenge porn
Joe Barton (R-TX) US Representative, acknowledged he took and emailed nude photos of himself in 2015, following their leak in November 2017.[172]
48Tim Murphy2017RHAffairs, mistress abortion4ResignedY
Tim Murphy, Representative (R-PA), had an extramarital affair with Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist. The pro-life Murphy asked Edwards to have an abortion after she became pregnant. The information was revealed as part of Murphy's divorce proceedings and published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it fought in Pennsylvania state court to have the documents unsealed. Murphy resigned his seat in Congress.
49Trent Franks2017RHSexual harrassment4ResignedY
Trent Franks (R-AZ) US Representative, was investigated by the House Ethics Commission about allegations of improper conduct. Before the study concluded, Franks abruptly resigned. (2017)[175][176][177]
50Pat Meehan2018RH
Sexual harassment, taxpayer paid lawsuit settlement
Removed from Ethics Committee, then resigned
Pat Meehan (R-PA) US Representative used tax payer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim by a female staffer. He was removed from the House Ethics Committee, but remains in office(2018)[178][179]