Former Rep. Donald Lukens dies in Dallas

Posted on 25 May 2010 at 6:29am

Former Ohio Congressman Donald Lukens died in Dallas on Saturday. He was 79.

Lukens began his political career as leader of the Young Republicans in the 1960s.

He was first elected to Congress in 1966 as a hawk on Vietnam but left to run for governor of Ohio. He lost that election but was elected to the Ohio House. In 1987 he was re-elected to Congress.

In 1989, Lukens was convicted of paying a teenage girl to have sex with him. Although he refused to resign from Congress, he was defeated in 1990 by John Boehner, who is now House minority leader.

In 1991, after losing his appeal, Lukens served 30 days in jail for the offense.

In 1996, he was convicted of accepting a bribe and spent 30 months in federal prison.

Lukens died of cancer Saturday in a nursing home in Dallas. No information was available about when he moved to Dallas. His last known address was an apartment on Peterson Lane behind the Galleria.

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