Traficant Bio Information

NAME: Former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

PARTY: Democrat.

AGE: 61; born May 8, 1941.

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.)