Corrupt U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen

A list of all corrupt Congressmen, with photos where possible. Here you'll find Congressional members with criminal records, a description of their illegal activity, and when applicable, their sentencing or time served in jail. Common trangressions for the U.S. Congressmen and congress women on this list are bribery, tax evasion, fraud, use of misappropriated funds, and possession of illegal drugs.  For some, breaking the law was the end of their politcal career, but a suprising number of these  disgraced politicians somehow managed to rebound. 

Some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, we expect our lawmakers to be the most law-abiding citizens among us, and when they are not, it can be hard to view them as role models or worthy representatives of the citizens they serve.  
Ranked by
  • Accepting Bribes.
  • Accepting bribes. Served 1 year.
  • Andrew J. May
    3
    Dec. at 84 (1875-1959)
    Accepting bribes. Sentenced to 9 months.
  • Voter Fraud.
  • Violations of Law and House rules.
  • 6

    Bertram Podell

    Conspiracy and Conflict of Interest. Served 4 months.
  • Bill Janklow
    7
    Dec. at 72 (1939-2012)
    Second-Degree Manslaughter. Sentenced to 100 days.
  • 8

    Buzz Lukens

    Bribery and Conspiracy.
  • Carl D. Perkins
    9
    Dec. at 71 (1912-1984)
    Check Kiting Scheme.
  • Illegally funneling Money.
  • Charles Diggs
    11
    Dec. at 75 (1922-1998)
    Mail fraud and Filing false Payroll Forms. Sentenced to 3 years
  • Cornelius Gallagher
    12
    Dec. at 77 (1854-1932)
    Tax evasion. Served two years.
  • 13

    Dan Flood

    Bribery.
  • Dan Rostenkowski
    14
    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)
  • Daniel Brewster
    15
    Dec. at 83 (1923-2007)
    Accepting Bribes.
  • Misuse of Public funds.
  • 17

    Donald E. "Buz" Lukens

    Bribery and Conspiracy.
  • Conspiracy to commit Bribery, Mail fraud, Wire fraud and Tax evasion. Sentenced to over 8 years.
  • Ernest K. Bramblett
    19
    Dec. at 64 (1901-1966)
    False statements in connection with Payroll padding and Kickbacks
  • 20

    Frank Boykin

    Conspiracy and Conflict of Interest.
  • 21

    Frank Brasco

    Conspiracy to accept bribes. Sentenced to 3 months.
  • Frank Thompson
    22
    Dec. at 70 (1918-1989)
  • Fred Richmond
    23
    Tax fraud and Possession of Marijuana. Served 9 months.
  • 24

    Frederick W. Richmond

    Tax evasion and Possession of Marijuana. Served 9 months.
  • George V. Hansen
    25
    Dec. at 83 (1930-2014)
    Failing to file out Disclosure Forms. Served 15 months.