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  John T. Gregorio (1928-2013) — also known as "The Lion of Linden" — of Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., February 6, 1928. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Linden, N.J., 1968-83, 1991-2006; defeated, 2006; shot at in his car, in March 1968; two days later, his house was firebombed; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 21st District, 1974-77; indicted in April 1975 on perjury and fraud charges, over his purchase of a vacant lot from Elizabethtown Gas Company, while conspiring to falsify documents to conceal his involvement as buyer; later charged with extorting a $25,000 kickback from a building contractor on a high school project; following jury selection, the charges were dismissed in February 1976; member of New Jersey state senate, 1978-83 (21st District 1978-81, 20th District 1982-83); indicted in September 1981 on charges of income tax evasion, concealing his interest in two "go-go bars", and for failing to enforce state alcohol laws; convicted in December 1982 of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, but found not guilty on other charges. Died, from leukemia, in Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., October 23, 2013 (age 85 years, 259 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Melba Till Allen (1933-1989) — also known as Melba Till — of Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Ala.; Grady, Montgomery County, Ala.; Marbury, Autauga County, Ala. Born in Friendship Community, Butler County, Ala., March 3, 1933. Democrat. Alabama state auditor, 1967-75; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1972; Alabama state treasurer, 1975-78; Convicted in 1978 of using her position as state treasurer to obtain bank loans to build a theme park, and for failing to disclose her personal finances; she denied any wrongdoing; sentenced to six years in jail, but spent most of her sentence working as a bookkeeper in a retirement home. Female. Baptist. Member, Order of the Eastern Star. Died, of cancer, in Baptist Medical Center, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., October 20, 1989 (age 56 years, 231 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Samuel Ben Till and Gertrude (Johnson) Till; married, December 24, 1950, to Marvin E. Allen.
  George Vernon Hansen (1930-2014) — also known as George V. Hansen — of Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. Born in Tetonia, Teton County, Idaho, September 14, 1930. Republican. Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1962 (primary), 1968, 1972 (primary); U.S. Representative from Idaho 2nd District, 1965-69, 1975-85. Mormon. Member, American Legion; Farm Bureau; Kiwanis. Convicted in 1984 of failing to include four transactions on federal disclosure forms; sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $40,000; reprimanded by the U.S. House; his conviction was reversed in 1995. Died in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, August 14, 2014 (age 83 years, 334 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  George Ryoichi Ariyoshi (b. 1926) — also known as George R. Ariyoshi — of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, March 12, 1926. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, 1954-58; member of Hawaii territorial senate, 1958-59; member of Hawaii state senate, 1959-70; delegate to Hawaii state constitutional convention, 1968; Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, 1970-73; Governor of Hawaii, 1974-86; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1980, 1996, 2000. Protestant. Japanese ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Lions. Detained by U.S. Customs in 1987 for failing to declare jewelry brought from Japan, and fined $11,389. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Ryozo Ariyoshi and Mitsue (Yoshikawa) Ariyoshi; married, February 5, 1955, to Jean Miya Hayashi.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Frank Munch (born c.1925) — of Palatine, Cook County, Ill. Born about 1925. Real estate broker; village president of Palatine, Illinois, 1985-87; charged with failing to disclose a loan and a partnership on financial disclosure forms; tried in January 1987 and found not guilty. Still living as of 1987.
  Evan Mecham (1924-2008) — of Ajo, Pima County, Ariz.; Glendale, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Duchesne, Duchesne County, Utah, May 12, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; automobile dealer; newspaper publisher; candidate for Arizona state house of representatives, 1952; member of Arizona state senate, 1960-62; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1962 (Republican), 1992 (Independent); Governor of Arizona, 1987-88; defeated, 1964, 1974, 1978, 1982. Mormon. Member, John Birch Society. Indicted in 1988 on six felony counts of perjury and filing a false campaign report, specifically of failing to report a $350,000 loan to his campaign by Barry Wolfson, a real estate developer; later acquitted of these charges. Impeached by the Arizona House of Representatives on February 5, 1988, on charges of obstructing justice and illegally lending state money to his business; convicted and removed from office by the Arizona Senate on April 4, 1988. A recall election was scheduled against him, but it was cancelled by the Arizona Supreme Court. Died, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., February 22, 2008 (age 83 years, 286 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1945 to Florence Lambert.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Carl Christopher Perkins (b. 1954) — also known as Carl C. Perkins; Chris Perkins — of Leburn, Knott County, Ky. Born in Washington, D.C., August 6, 1954. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1981-84; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1985-93; minister. Baptist; later Presbyterian. Pleaded guilty in 1994 to bank fraud in connection with the House banking scandal; he wrote overdrafts totaling about $300,000 (covered by the House bank) and made false statements to obtain loans from commercial banks; also pleaded guilty to charges of filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission and false financial disclosure reports. Sentenced to 21 months in prison. In March 2000, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court for lying to a federal probation officer about his income. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Carl Dewey Perkins (1912-1984).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Walter Edward Fauntroy (b. 1933) — also known as Walter E. Fauntroy — of Washington, D.C. Born in Washington, D.C., February 6, 1933. Democrat. Baptist minister; Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia, 1971-91; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1972, 1980; arrested during an anti-apartheid sit-in at the South African Embassy in Washington, 1984; candidate in primary for mayor of Washington, D.C., 1990. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi. Charged in federal court on March 22, 1995 with making false statements on financial disclosure forms, including a claimed donation of almost $24,000 to the New Bethel Baptist Church where he served as pastor, to make it appear that he had complied with House rules limiting outside income, and that he had failed to disclose a June 1988 loan of $24,200. Pleaded guilty to one felony count, and sentenced to probation. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  W. D. Childers (born c.1934) — Born about 1934. Member of Florida state senate, 1980; Escambia County Commissioner. Convicted in 2002 of violating the Florida Sunshine Law by discussing public business in private with other other county commissioners; served 38 days in prison; convicted in 2003 of bribery; sentenced to 3.5 years in prison; free pending appeal. Still living as of 2006.
  Clarence M. Mitchell IV (b. 1962) — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., May 16, 1962. Democrat. Member of Maryland state house of delegates District 44, 1995-99; member of Maryland state senate 44th District, 1999-2003; defeated in primary, 2002; reprimanded by the Maryland General Assembly in 2002 for failure to report a $10,000 loan from a Baltimore businessman. Still living as of 2003.
  Relatives: Son of Clarence M. Mitchell III; nephew of Michael Bowen Mitchell; grandnephew of Parren James Mitchell (1922-2007); first cousin of Keiffer Jackson Mitchell, Jr..
  Political family: Mitchell family of Baltimore, Maryland.
  Robert Alphonso Taft III (b. 1942) — also known as Bob Taft — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 8, 1942. Republican. Served in the Peace Corps; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1977-81; Hamilton County Commissioner, 1981-90; secretary of state of Ohio, 1991-99; Governor of Ohio, 1999-2007; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004; in 2005, he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanors involving failure to disclose gifts, and was fined $4,000; subsequently reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court. Methodist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Taft, Jr.; married to Hope Rothert; nephew of William Howard Taft III; grandson of Robert Alphonso Taft; grandnephew of Charles Phelps Taft II; great-grandson of William Howard Taft; great-grandnephew of Charles Phelps Taft and Henry Waters Taft; second great-grandson of Alphonso Taft and John Williamson Herron; second great-grandnephew of William Collins; third great-grandson of Peter Rawson Taft and Ela Collins; first cousin once removed of Seth Chase Taft (1922-?); first cousin twice removed of Walbridge S. Taft; second cousin five times removed of Willard J. Chapin; distant relative *** of Ezra Taft Benson.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Starkweather-Pendleton family of Preston, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Sharpe James (b. 1936) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., February 20, 1936. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1986-2006; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1992; member of New Jersey state senate 29th District, 1999-2008; indicted in July 2007 on federal charges of using city credit cards for personal expenses, and letting a girlfriend buy nine parcels of city-owned land for a small fraction of their value, without disclosing their relationship; convicted in April 2008; sentenced to 27 months in prison, and fined $100,000. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Theodore Fulton Stevens (1923-2010) — also known as Ted Stevens — of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska; Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., November 18, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the 4th District of Alaska Territory, 1954-56; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 1964, 1972 (delegation chair); member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1965-68; U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009; defeated, 1962; appointed 1968. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Rotary; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Indicted in July 2008 on federal charges of failing to report gifts from VECO Corporation and its CEO; tried and convicted in October 2008; his conviction was later vacated due to prosecutorial misconduct. Killed in a plane crash, in Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, August 9, 2010 (age 86 years, 264 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married 1952 to Ann Mary Cherrington (killed in plane crash, 1978); father of Ben Stevens (1953?-).
  Cross-reference: Lesil McGuire
  Mount Stevens, in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, is named for him.  — The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, in Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  John Eric Ensign (b. 1958) — also known as John E. Ensign — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in Roseville, Placer County, Calif., March 25, 1958. Republican. Veterinarian; hotel and casino manager; U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1995-99; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 2001-; defeated, 1998; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2008. Pentecostal. Italian, German, and Filipino ancestry. In June 2009, he admitted to an extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton, a member of his campaign staff and the wife of his Senate aide Doug Hampton. In an unsuccessful attempt to keep the Hamptons quiet about the affair, he gave them $96,000 (an illegally undisclosed severance payment) through his parents. He also used his influence to set up Jeff Hampton as a lobbyist, in violation of laws restricting lobbying by former congressional aides. A grand jury investigation is in progress. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Adoptive son of Michael S. Ensign; son of Sharon Lee Cipriani.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Michael Francis Easley (b. 1950) — also known as Mike F. Easley — of Brunswick County, N.C. Born near Rocky Mount, Nash County, N.C., March 23, 1950. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1990; North Carolina state attorney general, 1993-2001; Governor of North Carolina, 2001-09; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004, 2008; pleaded guilty in 2010 to failing to report a 2006 helicopter ride in his campaign finance filings. Catholic. Member, Phi Gamma Delta. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Robert Julian Bentley (b. 1943) — also known as Robert J. Bentley; "The Love Gov" — of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala. Born in Columbiana, Shelby County, Ala., February 3, 1943. Republican. Physician; dermatologist; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 2003-10; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008; Governor of Alabama, 2011-17; resigned 2017; accused in 2016 of having an extramarital affair with Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a politcal advisor on his campaign staff; an impeachment resolution was brought; as part of an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations, including failing to disclose a $50,000 personal loan to his campaign account; his sentence was suspended, but he was placed on probation, ordered to do community service, and fined $7,000. Still living as of 2017.
  Relatives: Son of David Harford Bentley and Mattie Boyd (Vick) Bentley.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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