Born in Massachusetts in 1954, politician Mark Foley served as a city commissioner and vice mayor before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995. He was forced to resign in 2006, however, amidst allegations that he had sent sexually explicit messages to former Congressional pages.
Congressman Mark Adam Foley was born on September 8, 1954, in Newton, Massachusetts. Foley attended Palm Beach Community College from 1973 to 1975. He served as city commissioner for Lake Worth, Florida, in 1977 and as vice mayor from 1983 to 1984. He was a member of the Florida state house of representatives from 1990 to 1992 and a member of the Florida state senate from 1993 to 1995.
Foley served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for the 16th District of Florida from 1995 until 2006. That year, he resigned amidst allegations that he had sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages to young men who had formerly served as Congressional pages. He was running for a seventh term when he resigned.
The case drew extra interest because Foley had been co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus and had sponsored the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006, which was intended to crack down on online predators and child pornography.
As a result of the disclosures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened investigations of the messages to find possible criminal charges. The scandal intensified when it was revealed that the House leadership had known about the emails for months, and the House Ethics Committee opened its own investigation into the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff.
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