PUBLIC SERVICE: Re-elected Nov. 7, 2000, 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, as House Democrats denied him a seat after he voted for Republican Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the House. House Republicans reserved a seat on the Transportation Committee for him, but Traficant never declared himself to be a Republican or unaffiliated with a party, as the GOP required 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.)
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