Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York – Stepped down today from his post as chair of the House Ways and Means committee. Has been dogged by real estate and tax scandals since July, 2008. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
Rep. James Traficant (D) of Ohio was voted out of Congress for unethical behavior in 2002, and was convicted of accepting bribes and taking kickbacks. He served seven years in prison and was released in 2009. Newscom
Rep. Tom Delay (R) of Texas, stepped down in 2005 after indictment for alleged criminal violations of state campaign finance laws. The case never went to trial. Newscom/FILE
Rep. Rick Renzi (R) of Arizona this month sees the first of two trials dealing with charges of fraud, money laundering and extortion stemming from a 2005 land swap deal. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom/FILE
Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D) of Illinois, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was indicted on corruption charges tied to the House post office scandal in 1994. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 1996, served 15 months in prison, and was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom/FILE
Rep. Bob Ney (R) of Ohio was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy connected to his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom/FILE
Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham (R) of California resigned from Congress in 2005 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. He admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Lenny Ignelzi/AP/FILE
Rep. Mark Foley (R) of Florida resigned from Congress in 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive e-mails and instant messages to underage Congressional pages. Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/Newscom
Rep. Jim Wright (D) of Texas, a former speaker of the House, resigned in 1989 over ethics violations involving a book deal, speaker fees, and gift limits. Newscom
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia was reprimanded by the House for ethics violations over book deal in 1997 – a first for a Speaker – and fined $300,000. He was later cleared of 83 other ethics charges. Newscom
Rep. William Jefferson (D) of Louisiana was convicted of bribery, money laundering and racketeering in November 2009, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Lee Celano/Reuters/FILE
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Pete Yost, Associated Press /
February 16, 2013
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The prospect of prison looms over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife after they agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items — including furs, a gold watch, a football signed by U.S. presidents and even a hat once owned by Michael Jackson.