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Daniel B. Crane

Republican, Illinois (1979-1984)

The Honorable Dan Crane, 47, solid, churchgoing, family man, conservative Republican who set himself apart from that fast-living Washington crowd.  Then, Crane had sex with a 17-year-old female Congressional page.  It all began with a friendly wager about a six-pack of beer over the outcome of a basketball game, and then went to a sexual encounter in Crane's apartment. 

Crane, a father of six, pleaded with the House Ethics Committee not reprimand him. It did, but the full House decided that wasn't a strong enough punishment.  The House stepped up the punishment to censuring him and the Honorable Gerry Studds at the same time. 

Crane tearfully apologized for his liaison, sought another term in Congress, but lost to Democrat Terry Bruce.