rose to be chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and went to prison in disgrace... died at his summer home in Powers Lake, Wis... represented his Chicago 5th Congressional District in Congress for 36 years, rising to head the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee that rewrote the 1986 U.S. tax code. The son of 32nd Ward Democratic Alderman... first elected to the House of Representatives in 1958... indicted on 17 counts ranging from mail and wire fraud to obstruction of justice, including hiring ghost payrollers and maintaining political slush funds... pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for misusing taxpayer funds by lying about minor expense account rule violations governing postage stamps and office chairs... once known as Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's man in Washington, he was defeated in his re-election effort by Republican Michael Patrick Flanagan... and was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2000.I just edited out "a political neophyte who served one term in the House," because it made it appear that MPF was the one who was pardoned. And that's exactly what the "news" source intended everyone to think. This obit is a see-sawing mess, and whomever wrote it doesn't belong in journalism. Thanks xzins.
The good die young, not at the age of 82, but RIP, Rosty.