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Corrupt U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen

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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.  
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  • 1
    Accepting Bribes.
  • 2
    Accepting bribes. Served 1 year.
  • 3

    Andrew J. May

    Dec. at 84 (1875-1959)
    Accepting bribes. Sentenced to 9 months.
  • 4
    Voter Fraud.
  • 5
    Violations of Law and House rules.
  • 6

    Bertram Podell

    Conspiracy and Conflict of Interest. Served 4 months.
  • 7

    Bill Janklow

    Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)
    Second-Degree Manslaughter. Sentenced to 100 days.
  • 8

    Buzz Lukens

    Bribery and Conspiracy.
  • 9

    Carl D. Perkins

    Dec. at 72 (1912-1984)
    Check Kiting Scheme.
  • 10
    Illegally funneling Money.
  • 11

    Charles Diggs

    Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)
    Mail fraud and Filing false Payroll Forms. Sentenced to 3 years
  • 12

    Cornelius Gallagher

    Dec. at 78 (1854-1932)
    Tax evasion. Served two years.
  • 13

    Dan Flood

    Bribery.
  • 14

    Dan Rostenkowski

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)
  • 15

    Daniel Brewster

    Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)
    Accepting Bribes.
  • 16
    Misuse of Public funds.
  • 17

    Donald E. "Buz" Lukens

    Bribery and Conspiracy.
  • 18
    Conspiracy to commit Bribery, Mail fraud, Wire fraud and Tax evasion. Sentenced to over 8 years.
  • 19

    Ernest K. Bramblett

    Dec. at 65 (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.
  • 22

    Frank Thompson

    Dec. at 71 (1918-1989)
  • 23
    Tax fraud and Possession of Marijuana. Served 9 months.
  • 24

    Frederick W. Richmond

    Tax evasion and Possession of Marijuana. Served 9 months.
  • 25

    George V. Hansen

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)
    Failing to file out Disclosure Forms. Served 15 months.