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Robert Edmund Bauman (born April 4, 1937) is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 1st congressional district. Bauman was a prominent conservative advocate in the House, but lost re-election in 1980 following a political scandal involving prostitution.

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Early life and career

Bauman was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, but later moved to Easton, Maryland, where he attended Easton High School until 1953. In 1955, he graduated from the Capitol Page School at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. He obtained a B.S. in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1959, and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1964, was later admitted to the District of Columbia bar, and entered into private practice as a lawyer.[1]

Bauman served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1964, 1974, 1978 and 1980. He was also a member of the Federal Hospital Council of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1973. In 1970, he was elected to the Maryland Senate, where he served as a member from 1971 to 1973.[1]

A Roman Catholic, he was married to Carol Dawson, with whom he had four children.

United States Congress

Bauman was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in an August 1973 special election. He replaced William O. Mills, who had committed suicide the previous May.[1]

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Political positions

In Congress, Bauman established a reputation as a staunch conservative, often criticizing the state of morality in the United States. He was a founding member of several conservative activist groups, including the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and the American Conservative Union (ACU), where he served both as national chairman.[2] Bauman was also known for his exceptional knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and was considered a rising star in the Republican party in the late 1970s.[2]

Scandal

On October 3, 1980, while running for re-election, Bauman was charged for attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute.

After the charges were made public, Bauman said he was suffering from alcoholism and entered himself into a court-supervised rehabilitation program, which, upon successful completion, resulted in the charges being dropped. Bauman stated he would continue his re-election campaign, and apologized to voters for his indiscretions.

Bauman was defeated by Democrat Roy Dyson on November 5, 1980. Dyson was not considered a serious contender for the seat before the charges were filed against Bauman.[3] In 1982, Bauman again ran for the nomination for the House seat he had lost, but withdrew from the race before primary election day.[1]

Post-congressional activities

Bauman now serves as legal counsel for the Sovereign Society, a group dedicated to offshore banking and investment, and is the author of numerous books on offshore and tax haven issues.

He also wrote an autobiography, The Gentleman from Maryland: The Conscience of a Gay Conservative, which was published in 1986.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Robert Bauman at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ a b Weiser, Benjamin (October 3, 1980). "Rep. Bauman in Court". The Washington Post. p. A1.  
  3. ^ Russakoff, Dale (November 5, 1980). "Bauman Concedes Defeat in Maryland's First Congressional District". The Washington Post. p. A21.  
  4. ^ ISBN 0877956863 and ISBN 978-0877956860

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Oswald Mills
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

1973 – 1981
Succeeded by
Roy Dyson
Representatives to the 93rd – 96th United States Congresses from Maryland
93rd Senate: C. Mathias | J. Beall House: C. Long | G. Gude | L. Hogan | G. Byron | P. Mitchell | P. Sarbanes | M. Holt | R. Bauman
94th Senate: C. Mathias | J. Beall House: C. Long | G. Gude | G. Byron | P. Mitchell | P. Sarbanes | M. Holt | R. Bauman | G. Spellman
95th Senate: C. Mathias | P. Sarbanes House: C. Long | G. Byron | P. Mitchell | M. Holt | R. Bauman | G. Spellman | B. Mikulski | N. Steers
96th Senate: C. Mathias | P. Sarbanes House: C. Long | P. Mitchell | M. Holt | R. Bauman | G. Spellman | B. Mikulski | M. Barnes | B. Byron

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