Jim Traficant Dies At 73

Photo of James Traficant by flickr.com's Nicholas von Akron.
Photo of James Traficant by flickr.com's Nicholas von Akron.

The Youngstown Vindicator says family spokeswoman texted the 73-year-old former congressman’s demise at the St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Traficant had been listed in “very critical condition” since a tractor he was driving at his Greenford farm rolled over backward onto him.

Outspoken, colorful, and outrageous, Traficant served more than 17 years in Congress as a Democratic Representative until July 2002. He became only the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War, after a federal jury convicted him on 10 felony counts that included bribery, tax evasion, and racketeering.

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