(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of James Traficant, former Ohio congressman.
Personal: Birth Date: May 8, 1941
Birth Place: Youngstown, Ohio
Birth Name: James Anthony Traficant, Jr.
Father: James Traficant, Sr., truck driver
Mother: Agnes (Farkas) Traficant
Marriage: Patricia (Choppa) Traficant
Children: Robin; Elizabeth
Education: University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1963; University of Pittsburgh, M.S., 1973; Youngstown State University, M.S., 1976
Other Facts: While in Congress, Traficant is known for his toupee and colorful comments.
Although not a lawyer, he represents himself at both his trials.
Takes up painting while in prison.
Timeline: 1981-1985 - Sheriff of Mahoning County, Ohio.
1983 - Is acquitted of taking bribes from organized crime while sheriff of Mahoning County. Traficant claims he was doing undercover work.
January 3, 1985-July 24, 2002 - Represents Ohio's 17th Congressional district.
May 4, 2001 - Is indicted on 10 charges, including bribery, racketeering and tax evasion. The indictment says that Traficant solicited bribes in exchange for political favors and made his aides work on his farm.
April 11, 2002 - Is convicted of all 10 charges against him.
May 6, 2002 - Files to run for re-election as an independent.
July 24, 2002 - The House of Representatives votes to expel Traficant, 420-1.
July 30, 2002 - Is sentenced to eight years in prison.
November 5, 2002 - While in prison, Traficant comes in third, with 15% of the vote, in the race for Ohio's 17th Congressional District.
September 2, 2009 - Is released from prison after serving seven years.
May 3, 2010 - Files, as an independent, to run for his previous seat in Congress.
November 2, 2010 - Loses election to reclaim his old congressional seat.