House votes for censure of Crane in misconduct

The House of Representatives voted 421 to 3 to censure Illinois Republican Rep. Daniel B. Crane for having sexual relations with a female congressional page in 1980. In voting to censure, the House rejected a recommendation by its Ethics Committee that it deliver only a reprimand, the mildest form of punishment the House can impose. When censured, the person is called to the front of the chamber and forced to stand before his colleagues while the speaker reads the resolution of condemnation.

At time of writing, the House had begun discussion of a recommendation for official reprimand of Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Gerry E. Studds, also for sexual misconduct.

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