Donald Lukens

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Donald Edgar "Buz" Lukens

U.S. Representative for Ohio's 8th congressional district
In office
January 3, 1987 – October 24, 1990
Preceded by Tom Kindness
Succeeded by John Boehner

U.S. Representative for Ohio's 24th congressional district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Newly-established district
Succeeded by Walter E. Powell

Ohio State Senator for District 4
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 2, 1987
Preceded by Walter E. Powell
Succeeded by Barry Levey

Born February 11, 1931
Warren County, Ohio
Died May 22, 2010 (aged 79)
Dallas, Texas
Political party Republican
Residence Middletown, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University

University of Maryland at College Park

Donald Edgar Lukens, known as Buz Lukens (born February 11, 1931 – May 22, 2010), was a Republican member of the United States 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 pruimary to incumbent James A. Rhodes. He then successfully ran for the Ohio State Senate, in which he served from 1971 to 1986. When incumbent U.S. Representative Tom Kindness, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1986, Lukens decided to run for Kindness' open House seat and was elected to the 101st Congress beginning in 1987. He was reelected to his third nonconsecutive House term in 1988.

Lukens' political career ended 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 and subsequent Speaker John Boehner. Before that election, Lukens was charged with fondling a Capitol elevator operator and sentenced to thirty 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. He retired to Florida but died of throat cancer in Dallas, Texas at the age of seventy-nine. He was cremated.[5]