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Former Representative for Ohio’s 17th District

Traficant was the representative for Ohio’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 2002.


On Jul. 18, 2002, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Traficant for conspiracy to violate federal bribery and gratuity statutes, receipt of illegal gratuities, obstruction of justice, defrauding the government, racketeering, and tax evasion for which he was convicted. The committee unanimously recommended expulsion. On Jul. 24, 2002, the House of Representatives expelled Trafficant, 420-1.

Jul. 18, 2002 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct unanimously recommended expulsion
Jul. 24, 2002 House of Representatives expelled Trafficant, 420-1
Photo of Rep. James Traficant [D-OH17, 1985-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Traficant is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Traficant sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Traficant was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Traficant sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (25%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Law (12%) International Affairs (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Traficant’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Jul 2002, Traficant missed 439 of 9,386 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: