James Anthony Traficant, Jr. ( born May 8, 1941 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio ) is an American politician of the Democratic Party and former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio, who was expelled in 2002 from the U.S. Congress.
After the visit of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, he studied from 1959 to 1963 Education at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS Education) from. Between 1971 and 1981 he was managing director of the drug program of Mahoning County. An interim post-graduate degree in management science at the University of Pittsburgh, he finished in 1973 with a Master of Science (M.Sc. Administration). Another post-graduate degree in counseling and management at the Youngstown State University, where he graduated in 1976 with a further Master of Science ( M.Sc. Counseling ) from. Between 1981 and 1985 he was sheriff of Mahoning County.
In 1984 he was first elected as a representative of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and represented there by eight subsequent re- elections of 3 January 1985 to 24 July 2002, the 17th Congressional District of Ohio.
On 24 July 2002 he was expelled as a Member of the U.S. Congress by a resolution of the House of Representatives ( House Resolution 495), having been taken against him in 2001 investigation for extortion, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. In 2002, he ran as an independent candidate initially unsuccessful in the elections to the 108th U.S. Congress in his previous constituency and was subsequently sentenced by a court to a multi-year prison sentence in the Allenwood Correctional Facility. Prosecutors was the later reigning U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig S. Morford.
In September 2009 he was released from prison and subsequently announced his candidacy for the 112th U.S. Congress. In the 2010 election campaign, he spoke at Tea Party events and entered into his former constituency, the 17th Congressional District of Ohio, as an Independent in order to regain his mandate. He finished in the elections in November 2010 after his mandate successor Tim Ryan and the Republican challenger Jim Graham with 16 percent of the vote for third place.