NAME: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.
AGE: 60; born May 8, 1941.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Re-elected Nov. 7 to his to his ninth two-year term in Congress representing the 17th District, which includes the counties of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana; Mahoning County sheriff 1980-1984.
POLITICS: Known for his provocative speeches on the House floor. Only member of the House of Representatives without a committee assignment. He was denied a committee seat by House Democrats after he voted for Republican Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the House. House Republicans reserved a Transportation Committee seat for him, but Traficant never declared himself to be either a Republican or unaffiliated with a party, as required for the GOP to issue an assignment.
EDUCATION: Master's in counseling, Youngstown State University, 1976; master's in administration, Youngstown State University, 1973; bachelor's in education, University of Pittsburgh, 1963.
PERSONAL: Wife, Patricia; two daughters.
QUOTE: "Beam me up. The IRS does not need more workers. The IRS does not need more money. These stumbling, fumbling, bumbling mistake-prone nincompoops have got to go." -- July 18, 2001, speech on the House floor.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
"Sunnyside Up" is a daily morning talk show featuring Wake Up Cleveland's Neeha Curtis and Julian Glover.More >>
On July 2, 2018 Cleveland Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen was engaged in training exercises preparing to join the canine unit when he suddenly collapsed. Nguyen was participating in a training exercise in 90 degree heat and fell victim to apparent heat stroke.More >>
The investigation into what started a house fire in Elyria that killed a four year-old continues but has reaffirmed the need for working smoke detectors in every home.More >>
The world is still trying to see what will shake out with President Donald Trump's suggested tariffs on products being shipped into the United States. First, lets make sure you understand what a tariff is in the world of produced goods.More >>
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association announced the funeral arrangements made for Cleveland Police Officer Vu Nguyen.More >>
News and weather apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and tablets.More >>