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Republican, Arizona (2003-present)
Update, Mar. 27: Renzi asked a federal judge in Arizona to delay his scheduled April 29 trial on conspiracy, fraud, extortion and money laundering. The reason? Hey, this is a complex case, says his lawyers.
The Honorable Rick Renzi (Republican-Arizona), stepped down temporarily from the House Intelligence Committee on April 20, after his wife's insurance agency in Arizona was raided by FBI agents. FBI is interested in two things: a land swap involving a former business partner and a piece of legislation Renzi helped along that may have helped a major contributor. "Until this matter is resolved, I will take a leave of absence from the House Intelligence Committee," Renzi said. "I intend to fully cooperate with this investigation."
Update: Renzi announces on August 27, 2007, that he will not seek re-election. Stay tuned.
Update, Feb. 15: Renzi is charged in a 35-count indictment alleging that he embezzled money from insurance clients to fund his congressional campaign. The indictment charges conspiracy, money laundering, insurance fraud and wire fraud, involving $400,000. Renzi was John McCain's Arizona campaign co-chairman.
Update, March 4: Renzi plead not guilty to all charges, and a federal magistrate judge ordered him released on promise to appear later. Renzi was fingerprinted and photographed. "I have a lot of faith in my attorneys," he said. "I'll be okay."
Sources: "Not-Guilty Plea in Renzi Fraud Case," Washington Post, March 5, 2008, A2. Kathleen Hunter, "Rep. Renzi Seeks Delay of his Trial on Corruption Charges," CQ Today Online News, March 27, 2008.