7 Politicians Who Have Served Time in Prison

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A prison record might be an obstacle to finding employment, but not necessarily to running for public office and even winning an election. Following is a list of former inmates who found success, or continued success, in politics.

1. Ernie Newton

Prior to his election to the Connecticut House of Delegates in 1995, Ernest E. Newton II served on the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee and the Bridgeport City Council. In 2003 he was elected to the state Senate and seemed to be at the top of his political game. However, in 2005 Newton resigned after being indicted on nine felony counts of corruption. He served four years in federal prison and several months in a halfway house. After his release, Ernie Newton decided to run for his old seat, but was arrested again in 2012. Now he’s back and although he is preparing to stand trial for fraud stemming from his most recent arrest, he still won the Democratic endorsement to run for the state delegate seat serving the 124th district, the same seat that he first won in 1995. It will be interesting to see how he does in the primary on August 12, 2014.

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