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William J. Jefferson

Born: Mar 14, 1947

Birthplace: Lake Providence

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

William J. Jefferson

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1947
Birth Place : Lake Providence

William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson is a former American politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms from 1991 to 2009 as a member of the Democratic Party. He represented Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, which includes much of the greater New Orleans area. He was Louisiana's first black congressman since the end of Reconstruction. On November 13, 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison for bribery after a corruption investigation, the longest sentence ever handed down to a congressman for bribery or any other crime. He began serving that sentence in May 2012 at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Beaumont, Texas.


  • Lawyer

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