Yes, a person convicted of a felony can run for Congress. There are obstacles. Getting one's name on the ballot depends on state laws; in some states it is more difficult than others.
There is at least one case of a former convict being elected to Congress: F.H. Shoemaker, of Minnesota, was elected for one term in 1932, despite having served time in Leavenworth for mail fraud. A little research should turn up other instances.
Each house of Congress is the judge of the election returns and the qualifications of its own members, under Article 1, Section 5 of the United States Constitution.
Yes. The only limitations on who can be elected to congress in the constitution are as follows: "No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."
Can a person run for congress if they have been convicted of a felony offense? And, can a Congressman continue to serve if he/she is convicted of a felony offense? Michael
There is nothing in the Constitution against it, and people have been reelected to public office after drug convictions, so I suppose it's possible if the voters want the person.
I suppose it depends on the nature of the convictions. Obviously, someone convicted of fraud or perjury wouldn't make a good politician - as they couldn't be trusted !
There are no convicted felons in congress. Felons can’t vote let alone run for office.
Not usually, but you can check with city hall and see the requirements. Oh Wait....It is Illinois so a felony may be required.
No, of course not. The mayor of Detroit was convicted of a feloney and they threw him in jail for 4 months ..Don't think he can run for office again.
be over 35 years of age
Do you think Obama would be president had he been busted for smoking pot and snorting lines ? Now thats a question you should be asking . But to answer your question , Yes , you can still run for president with a prior felony .
Felony Squad - 1966 Hit and Run Run Run 2-8 was released on: USA: 6 November 1967
No. Arson is an illegal activity. If you set fire to anyone's home, not only could it result in severe damage or complete loss of property, but you could also cause the death of one or more person's. Arson is a felony crime, and when convicted, you will go to jail for a long time. You can receive 20 years in prison for a felony arson conviction. So, basically, don't do it. Arson is dangerous. It is not a joke.
No they do not have to be born a US Citizen. They can become a citizen through the naturalization process.
If you have been convicted of a felony (ANY felony) it is a violation of Federal law to possess a firearm. If the felony was a STATE crime, and you have completed your sentence, been released from parole, you can apply (in most states) to have your gun rights restored. Until that happens, if you are found to possess a firearm, you can go to prison. The law is US Code, Title 18, Section 922.
congress got screwed in the long run