Donald Lukens

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Donald E. "Buz" Lukens (born February 11, 1931) was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. He was elected in 1966 and served just one term. He ran for Governor of Ohio in 1970, but lost in the Republican primary. Lukens then successfully ran for Ohio State Senate, serving from 1971 to 1986. With incumbent Congressman Tom Kindress choosing to run for the Senate in 1986, Lukens decided to run for the open seat. He was elected to the 101st Congress beginning in 1987, and was reelected in 1988.

Lukens' career came to an end when an Ohio television station caught him on camera talking with the mother of a 16-year old girl and admitting to sexual relations with the daughter. He was convicted by a grand jury in 1989 on a misdemeanor charge of "contributing to the delinquency of a minor" for paying the girl for sex in his apartment in November, 1988.[1][2]

Lukens refused to resign his seat, but lost his primary bid in 1990 to future House Minority Leader John Boehner. Before the election, Lukens was charged with fondling a Capitol elevator operator and sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to see a psychologist. [3]

"Buz" Lukens resigned from Congress on October 24, 1990. [4] Subsequently, in 1996 he was convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges related to the House Banking Scandal investigated by a task force in 1995.


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