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On This Day In 1983: Reps. Crane (R) & Studds (D) Censured

July 20, 1983:

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The House censures both Reps. Daniel Crane (R-IL) and Gerry Studds (D-MA) for having sex with teenage congressional pages.

The action was far less severe than some wanted, such as Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who wanted them both to be expelled.

The ethics committee report said that Crane had sexual relations with a 17-year old female page in 1980, and that Studds, in 1973, had a sexual relationship with a 17-year old male page, though he may have been 16 when the relationship began.

Crane will lose his House seat in 1984; Studds will continue to be re-elected until his retirement in 1996.

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