Traficant passing remembered on social media

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Former Valley Congressman Jim Traficant passed away Saturday after being seriously injured in a tractor accident on his Greenford, Oh. farm a few days earlier.

Traficant served in Congress from 1984-2001 in the House of Representatives and was sentenced in 2002 to eight years in prison on federal corruption charges.

Traficant was born on May 8, 1941. He died at the age of 73.

A number of reactions to Traficant’s passing can be found on Twitter, including the following.

Congressman Tim Ryan, who succeeded Traficant as the Congressional representative from Ohio’s 13th district, had this to say:

My thoughts & prayers go to Jim Traficant & his family. He was a man w/ tremendous charisma & throughout his career helped thousands

in Ohio

— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan)September 28, 2014

Journalists shared colorful stories about Traficant during their time covering him, such as this one from The Washington Examiner’s Timothy Carney:

Traficant once put me in a headlock on the House steps–just as two constituents approached him. — Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney)September 29, 2014

And everyday citizens had their own ways of remembering Traficant:

I realized I never tweeted a proper RIP for Jim Traficant. You were not the problem, nor the solution, but you cared about the valley

— Silver Dollar Dana (@brklynbuckeye) September 29, 2014

I’m bumpin Johnny Cash today in memory of Jim Traficant #RIP— MrKevo (@MrKevClark) September 29, 2014

Thoughts and prayers for the Traficant family

— Brandon Gone (@bgone92) September 28, 2014

A Twitter account linked to a documentary being made about Traficant added its own comment:

Sheriff “Jimbo” fought against foreclosures and became a folk hero in Y’town. Imagine doing this today?! #Traficant — TraficantDocumentary (@Traficant_Movie) September 29, 2014

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