WASHINGTON -- Since 1985, ethics committees have investigated 20 members of the House of Representatives and nine senators. Of these, two House members received reprimands, and one senator was denounced.
Sen. Dave Durenburger, R-Minn., was denounced by the Senate on the recommendation of the ethics committee after being accused of financial misconduct in connection with a book deal and Senate reimbursement received for rent he paid on a condominium.
Representative Austin J. Murphy, D-Pa., was reprimanded in 1987 for diverting government resources, allowing another member to vote for him and keeping a "no-show" employee on his payroll. Last year, Representative Barney Frank, D-Mass., was reprimanded for improperly using his office to help a male prostitute.