The House voted to censure Rep. Daniel Crane (R) of Illinois for sexual misconduct involving a 17-year-old congressional page. The House Ethics Committee had initially recommended a reprimand, but many felt his behavior warranted harsher punishment. The vote in favor of censure, on July 20, 1983, was 421 to 3. Mr. Crane apologized for his actions. “I’m sorry that I made a mistake,” he said. “I’m human, and in no way did I violate my oath of office.”
Crane lost his next bid for reelection in 1984. The congressional page program was also more closely monitored.