Frank J. Brasco

Frank James Brasco (October 15, 1932 – October 19, 1998) was an American politician who served four terms as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York from 1967 to 1975.

Frank Brasco
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byEugene J. Keogh
Succeeded byJames H. Scheuer
Personal details
Frank James Brasco

(1932-10-15)October 15, 1932
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 19, 1998(1998-10-19) (aged 66)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCity University of New York, Brooklyn (BA)
Brooklyn Law School (LLB)


Brasco was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated High School and received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1955; and an LLB from Brooklyn Law School in 1957. He was also a member of the United States Army Reserve.[1]

Political careerEdit

After serving as assistant district attorney for Kings County, New York, Brasco was elected to Congress in 1966 and served four terms from January 3, 1967, until January 3, 1975.[2]

Legal issuesEdit

Brasco was indicted in 1973, along with his uncle, Joseph Brasco, on federal bribery and conspiracy charges, over payoffs he received from a Mafia-owned Bronx trucking company which was seeking mail hauling contracts from the US Post Office. The first trial led to a hung jury. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, with all but three months suspended. He was also fined and disbarred. He did not run for re-election in 1974.[3][4][5]

As a result of the preceding investigation into corruption allegations by the United States Department of Justice he crossed party lines to vote against allowing the House Banking Committee under Wright Patman to subpoena members of the Nixon administration for suspected Federal Election Campaign Act violations. Brasco's vote was considered surprising because of his liberal record and strong opposition to Richard Nixon. Governor Nelson Rockefeller arranged a meeting between Brasco and John N. Mitchell in which he promised to oppose an investigation in exchange for leniency. As a result of the decision the Watergate scandal would not be exposed until after the 1972 presidential election.[6][7][8][9]


Brasco died on October 19, 1998 (aged 66 years and 4 days).[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Frank J. Brasco". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Frank J. Brasco". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ [1] | Rep. Brasco Guilty of Bribery Conspiracy | ARNOLD H. LUBASCHJULY 20, 1974 | [2]
  4. ^ "United States of America, Appellee, v. Frank J. Brasco, Defendant-appellant,joseph Brasco, Defendant, 516 F.2d 816 (2d Cir. 1975)".
  5. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. (1974-07-19). "SUMMATION MADE IN BRASCO TRIAL". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  6. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (2019-09-06). "Transcript of Slow Burn Season 1, Episode 2: The Defeat of Wright Patman". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  7. ^ Breasted, Mary (1973-10-24). "Brasco Has Liberal Reputation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  8. ^ Kutler, Stanley I. (1990). The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon (1 ed.). New York: Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-83405-8. OCLC 637419700.
  9. ^ Graff, Garrett M. (2022). Watergate: A New History (1 ed.). New York: Avid Reader Press. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-9821-3916-2. OCLC 1260107112.
  10. ^ "Frank J. Brasco". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 23 July 2013.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by