|U.S. Representative from New York's 29th District|
From: January 3, 2009 - March 8, 2010
Eric J.J. Massa (born September 16, 1959 in Charleston, South Carolina) is the former U.S. Representative from New York's 29th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. After serving one term, he announced he would resign amid allegations that he had sexually harassed a male staffer, also citing health concerns as a reason for his resignation. A day later, Massa said that Democratic leaders forced him to resign after concern that he would vote against the health care bill.  Yet another day later on Glenn Beck's Fox News show, he retracted the claim that he was forced by others to resign, admitting that he alone was responsible for his behavior. That same day, on Larry King's CNN show, Massa refused to answer King's question whether he was gay, saying that instead of asking Massa himself, King should ask the thousands of other people Massa had known in the past.
In August 2009 Massa caused controversy when he said that "I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful." 
Massa served on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee, and Homeland Security Committee.