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May 12, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The Senate Ethics Committee says it has found "substantial and credible evidence" that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated campaign finance and lobbying laws and has referred its findings to the Justice Department. Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that the committee voted unanimously to release its preliminary report on a sex and lobbying scandal that dogged the Nevada senator for nearly two years before he resigned earlier this month. The report alleges that a 20-month investigation of Ensign and his associates found evidence that the senator, in the fallout from an extramarital affair, made false or misleading statements to the Federal Election Commission, conspired to help an aide violate the law, accepted illegal campaign contributions and "engaged in potential obstruction of justice.
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May 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Senate Ethics Committee publicly admonished Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for improperly meeting with a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who resigned from the Senate after having an affair with the aide's wife. The qualified reprimand for violating the ban on meeting with former staff-turned-lobbyists falls short of a censure or criminal violation. But the committee said it was "improper conduct" for Coburn to meet with Douglas Hampton, the former aide who tried to work as a lobbyist after the affair forced him out of Ensign's office.
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March 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro, Ashley Powers, Washington Bureau
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from an affair with a campaign aide, said Monday he would not seek reelection because he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign. "At this point in my life, I have to put my family first," Ensign told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas. Just two months into the 112th Congress, Ensign is the eighth Senate incumbent to opt out of running for a new term, out of 33 seats up in 2012.
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May 13, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Senate investigators found evidence that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated the law during a sex and lobbying scandal that led to his downfall, according to a Senate Ethics Committee report released Thursday. In a document that details betrayal from the Las Vegas suburbs to the power corridors of Washington, the ethics panel accused the former senator of making false or misleading statements to election regulators, conspiring to help an aide violate the law, accepting illegal campaign contributions and engaging in potential obstruction of justice.
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March 8, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Dogged by an extramarital affair, a Senate ethics investigation and lackluster fundraising, Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he would retire in 2012. The two-term Republican said he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" race that was sure to rehash Ensign's dalliance with his top aide's wife. "There are consequences to sin, and when you're in a leadership role, those consequences can affect a lot of other people," he said. Ensign spoke at the same Las Vegas courthouse where he apologized in 2009 for the affair with the wife of Doug Hampton.
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May 13, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Senate investigators found evidence that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated the law during a sex and lobbying scandal that led to his downfall, according to a Senate Ethics Committee report released Thursday. In a document that details betrayal from the Las Vegas suburbs to the power corridors of Washington, the ethics panel accused the former senator of making false or misleading statements to election regulators, conspiring to help an aide violate the law, accepting illegal campaign contributions and engaging in potential obstruction of justice.
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January 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) was treated at a hospital in Las Vegas after his car was hit head-on by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, police said. Ensign, 47, and an aide, who was driving, were taken to Sunrise Hospital with minor injuries and later released, police said.
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November 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Reno authorized a recount of as many as 15,000 absentee ballots in Sen. Harry Reid's 459-vote victory over Republican Rep. John Ensign. Judge Janet Berry ruled on the recount at an emergency hearing after Washoe County officials said voting machines used to count the absentee ballots failed in post-election tests. Results are scheduled to be released at a court hearing Monday. The 13,000 to 15,000 absentee ballots represent 16% of the 95,000 ballots cast by county voters.
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May 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Dean Heller was sworn in as Nevada's new U.S. senator on Monday, taking the seat left vacant by John Ensign after his resignation last week. Vice President Biden returned to the Capitol to administer the oath to Heller, a Republican who had served in the House representing Nevada's 2nd District since 2007. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced April 27 that he was appointing Heller to finish Ensign's term, which runs through January 2013. Ensign's resignation took effect May 3. Heller already had announced his candidacy in the 2012 Senate election before Ensign decided to step down rather than continue facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide.
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August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Sen. John Ensign said Wednesday that his affair with a friend's wife was different from former President Clinton's relationship with a White House intern because he didn't lie about it under oath. "I haven't done anything legally wrong," the Nevada Republican told the Associated Press in an interview. "President Clinton stood right before the American people and he lied to the American people," Ensign said. "You remember that famous day he lied to the American people, plus the fact I thought he committed perjury.
NEWS
May 12, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The Senate Ethics Committee says it has found "substantial and credible evidence" that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated campaign finance and lobbying laws and has referred its findings to the Justice Department. Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that the committee voted unanimously to release its preliminary report on a sex and lobbying scandal that dogged the Nevada senator for nearly two years before he resigned earlier this month. The report alleges that a 20-month investigation of Ensign and his associates found evidence that the senator, in the fallout from an extramarital affair, made false or misleading statements to the Federal Election Commission, conspired to help an aide violate the law, accepted illegal campaign contributions and "engaged in potential obstruction of justice.
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May 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Dean Heller was sworn in as Nevada's new U.S. senator on Monday, taking the seat left vacant by John Ensign after his resignation last week. Vice President Biden returned to the Capitol to administer the oath to Heller, a Republican who had served in the House representing Nevada's 2nd District since 2007. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced April 27 that he was appointing Heller to finish Ensign's term, which runs through January 2013. Ensign's resignation took effect May 3. Heller already had announced his candidacy in the 2012 Senate election before Ensign decided to step down rather than continue facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide.
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April 28, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dean Heller was appointed Wednesday to replace Nevada's scandal-stained Sen. John Ensign, giving Republicans a leg up on a seat both sides are eyeing as vital to control of the Senate after 2012. The selection of Heller by his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was no surprise. Heller had announced plans to run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and the governor was quick to endorse him. The appointment came less than a week after Ensign abruptly announced his resignation amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former aide.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dean Heller, a third-term Reno lawmaker, was appointed Wednesday to fill the seat of retiring Nevada Sen. John Ensign. "The people of Nevada deserve a new senator who can begin work immediately," Gov. Brian Sandoval said of his fellow Republican. "Too many important issues face our state and our nation to name a caretaker to this important position. Nevada needs an experienced voice in Washington, DC. " Sandoval took less than a week to replace Ensign, who abruptly resigned amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former top aide.
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April 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide, will resign Friday, his office announced. The senator's decision was met with a collective sigh of relief — and little surprise — in his home state, where Ensign's scandals have dominated headlines for nearly two years. Ensign, a Republican, had announced in March that he would not seek a third term in 2012, saying he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign.
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March 8, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Dogged by an extramarital affair, a Senate ethics investigation and lackluster fundraising, Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he would retire in 2012. The two-term Republican said he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" race that was sure to rehash Ensign's dalliance with his top aide's wife. "There are consequences to sin, and when you're in a leadership role, those consequences can affect a lot of other people," he said. Ensign spoke at the same Las Vegas courthouse where he apologized in 2009 for the affair with the wife of Doug Hampton.
NEWS
November 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Nine days after the election, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared victory again Thursday when his narrow win over Republican Rep. John E. Ensign survived a special hand-count of 5,942 paper ballots. "The election is over, the people of Nevada have spoken," Reid said. The revised tally showed Ensign picking up an extra 100 votes.
NEWS
December 18, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
The Senate voted to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, approving a bill that repeals the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" on Saturday. The 65-31 vote came after an earlier procedural vote that brought the milestone in gay rights to the Senate floor. It also fulfilled a campaign promise by President Obama, who has been under attack from liberals in his own party for seeking compromises with Republicans on economic and tax issues during the lame-duck congressional session.
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March 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro, Ashley Powers, Washington Bureau
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from an affair with a campaign aide, said Monday he would not seek reelection because he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign. "At this point in my life, I have to put my family first," Ensign told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas. Just two months into the 112th Congress, Ensign is the eighth Senate incumbent to opt out of running for a new term, out of 33 seats up in 2012.
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