House punishments through history
The House has expelled five members over the years, censured 22 and reprimanded another nine.
Punishments by year, name, state and conduct:
1861 John Clark, Missouri, disloyalty to the Union — taking up arms against the United States.
1861 John Reid, Missouri, disloyalty to the Union — taking up arms against the United States.
1861 Henry Burnett, Kentucky, disloyalty to the Union — taking up arms against the United States.
1980 Michael Myers, Pennsylvania, bribery conviction for accepting money in return for promise to use influence in immigration matters.
2002 James Traficant, Ohio, conviction of conspiracy to commit bribery, obstruction of justice, filing false tax returns; racketeering in connection with receipt of favors and money in return for official acts; receipt of salary kickbacks from staff.
1832 William Stanberry, Ohio, insulting the speaker of the House.
1842 Joshua Giddings, Ohio, conduct related to delicate international negotiations deemed "incendiary."
1856 Lawrence Keitt, South Carolina, assisting in assault on a member.
1864 Benjamin Harris, Maryland, treasonous conduct in opposing subjugation of the South.
1864 Alexander Long, Ohio, supporting recognition of the Confederacy.
1866 John Chanler, New York, insulting the House by introduction of resolution containing unparliamentary language.
1866 Lovell Rousseau, Kentucky, assault of another member.
1867 John Hunter, New York, unparliamentary language.
1868 Fernando Wood, New York, unparliamentary language.
1869 Edward Holbrook, Idaho, unparliamentary language.
1870 Benjamin Whittemore, South Carolina, selling military academy appointments.
1870 John DeWeese, South Carolina, selling military academy appointments.
1870 Roderick Butler, Tennessee, accepting money for "political purposes" in return for academy appointees.
1873 Oakes Ames, Massachusetts, bribery in "Credit Mobilier" case (conduct prior to election to House).
1873 James Brooks, New York, bribery in "Credit Mobilier" case (conduct prior to election to House).
1875 John Brown, Kentucky, unparliamentary language.
1890 William Bynum, Indiana, unparliamentary language.
1921 Thomas Blanton, Texas, unparliamentary language.
1979 Charles Diggs, Michigan, payroll fraud.
1980 Charles Wilson, California, receipt of improper gifts, ghost employees, improper personal use of campaign funds.
1983 Gerry Studds, Massachusetts, sexual misconduct with House page.
1983 Daniel Crane, Illinois, sexual misconduct with House page.
2010 Charles Rangel, New York, misuse of official resources in fundraising, filing misleading financial disclosure reports, failure to pay taxes on rental income, using a residential-only, subsidized apartment for a campaign office.
1976 Robert Sikes, Florida, use of office for personal gain, failure to disclose interest in legislation.
1978 Charles Wilson, California, false statement before ethics committee investigating Korean influence matter.
1978 John McFall, California, failure to report campaign contributions from Korean lobbyist.
1978 Edward Roybal, California, failure to report campaign contributions, false sworn statement before ethics committee investigating Korean influence matter.
1984 George Hanson, Idaho, false statements on financial disclosure form.
1987 Austin Murphy, Pennsylvania, ghost voting (allowing another person to cast his vote), maintaining on his payroll persons not performing official duties commensurate with pay.
1990 Barney Frank, Massachusetts, using political influence to fix parking tickets and influence probation officers for a personal friend.
1997 Newt Gingrich, Georgia, allowing a member-affiliated, tax-exempt organization to be used for political purposes, providing inaccurate and unreliable information to the ethics committee.
2009 Joe Wilson, South Carolina, interrupting the president's remarks to a joint session of the House and Senate, which was found to be a "breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session."