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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.

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