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Tom Delay was Republican majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives who was convicted of money laundering charges in 2010.
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Born on April 8, 1947, in Laredo, Texas, Tom Delay ran an exterminating company before being elected to his home state’s House of Representative, later winning a seat in Congress in 1984. He became Republican majority leader of the House in 2003 and was known as “The Hammer” for his political style. After resigning from Congress in 2006, he was convicted in 2010 of money laundering.
Congressman Thomas Dale DeLay was born on April 8, 1947, in Laredo, Texas. DeLay spent two years as a pre-med student at Baylor University before he was expelled for drinking and vandalism. After graduating from the University of Houston in 1970, he ran a pest control company before entering the political arena.
In 1978, DeLay won the election for an open seat in the Texas House of Representatives. A conservative Republican, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas' 22nd district in 1984. He was appointed Deputy Minority Whip in 1988, elected House Majority Whip in 1995 and was a driving force behind the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998. In 2002, DeLay was elected House Majority Leader and is credited with uniting House Republicans in support of President George W. Bush's agenda.
In 2005, a Texas grand jury indicted DeLay on criminal charges that he had conspired to violate campaign finance laws. DeLay reportedly sought donations to his political action committee from Enron and other corporations to help bankroll the redistricting of Texas to favor the election of more Republicans. DeLay denied the charges but was forced to resign from his position as Majority Leader. During this time, two of DeLay's former aides were convicted in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal.
DeLay ran for re-election in 2006, winning the Republican primary. However, he withdrew from the race and resigned his seat in Congress a month later. DeLay married Christine Furrh in 1967. They have a daughter, Danielle.
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