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Michael Myers (politician)

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Michael Myers
Michael Myers 95th Congress photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
November 2, 1976 – October 2, 1980
Preceded byWilliam Barrett
Succeeded byTom Foglietta
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 184th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – November 2, 1976
Preceded byLeland Beloff
Succeeded byLeland Beloff
Personal details
Michael Joseph Myers

(1943-05-04) May 4, 1943 (age 75)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic

Michael Joseph "Ozzie" Myers (born May 4, 1943) is a politician from Philadelphia. Myers was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[1] Myers, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976. Myers had previously been a longshoreman.[2]

He was regarded as a "maverick" from the very beginning of his tenure in office. For example, in 1979 he got into a fight with a security guard and a 19-year-old female cashier in an elevator leading from the rooftop lounge of a Quality Inn motel in Arlington, Virginia, punching and kicking them. Myers became combative after they told him to turn down the music at a party he was having in the motel, shouting, "I'm a congressman: we don't have to be quiet." He was subsequently charged with assault and battery,[3] and eventually pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct three months later. He received a six-month suspended sentence.[4][5]

Myers is best known for his involvement in the Abscam scandal in 1980. Myers was videotaped accepting a bribe of USD$50,000 from undercover FBI agents on August 22, 1979.[6] On that tape, Myers is recorded saying that "money talks in this business and bullshit walks."[7] Myers was expelled from the House of Representatives on October 2, 1980, by a vote of 376 to 30, becoming the first member of the House to be expelled since 1861. Myers was convicted of bribery and conspiracy and sentenced to three years in prison in 1981.[8]

Myers was defeated by Thomas M. Foglietta in the 1980 election.

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See also


  1. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members M". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ Michael J. Myers at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  3. ^ "Congressman charged after incident in lounge". Register-Guard. January 18, 1979. p. 3A.
  4. ^ "Rep. Myers gets suspended sentence". The Free Lance-Star. April 11, 1979. p. 2.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Charles E. Bennett (September 24, 1980). In the Matter of Representative Michael J. Myers, House Report 96-1387 (pdf). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  8. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (June 1, 1983). "Justices Refuse to Hear Appeals in 7 ABSCAM Cases". New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2014.

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Leland Beloff
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 184th district
Succeeded by
Leland Beloff
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Barrett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas M. Foglietta
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