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Name: Gary Adrian Condit                                                                     
Born: 21 April 1948 Salina, Oklahoma                                                         
Gary Adrian Condit (born April 21, 1948) is an American politician, a Democrat               
who served in the House of Representatives from 1989 to 2003. Condit represented             
California's 18th congressional district, the northern San Joaquin Valley (when             
he was first elected, this district was the 15th District; it became the 18th               
district after redistricting following the 1990 census). He is most noted for               
having an affair with murder victim Chandra Levy.                                           
Condit was born in Woodland Junction, Oklahoma to Jean and Adrian Condit. His               
father was a Free Will Baptist minister. He has two brothers, Burl and Darrell,             
and a sister, Dovie Condit Wilson. When Condit was 14, his family moved to                   
Tulsa. He attended Nathan Hale High School where he met pep squad member Carolyn             
Berry; they married on January 18, 1967. Carolyn is a Roman Catholic.                       
Their son, Chad, was born in July 1967. Daughter Cadee P. Condit was born in                 
1975 in California.                                                                         
Condit came with his wife and young son to the San Joaquin Valley in the late               
1960s, following his father. Rev. Condit had moved to California in search of a             
new congregation, eventually becoming pastor of the Village Chapel Free Will                 
Baptist Church, about 100 miles from San Francisco.                                         
Condit graduated California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock in 1972.                 
After a brief time with a public relations business, Condit was elected to the               
Ceres City Council.                                                                         
In 1974, Condit was elected mayor of Ceres, and from 1976 to 1982 was a member               
of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.                                               
In 1982, Condit was elected to the California State Assembly. His campaign theme             
was "A Good Example." While a member of the assembly, Condit was a member of                 
the "Gang of Five," a small caucus of Blue Dog Democrats. At the time, the                   
Democrats (led by Assembly Speaker Willie Brown) held a 44-36 majority in the               
Assembly. The Gang of Five threatened to ally with the Republicans, thereby                 
setting up a 41-39 majority, and elect one of themselves as speaker, but this               
effort failed when Republican Assemblyman Richard Longshore died, making it                 
impossible to get an immediate Republican total over 40 in the 80-seat Assembly.             
(see "Gang of Five" below)                                                                   
During his days in the California state legislature, Condit assured voters he               
did not drink or smoke, but was known as a "flamboyant party boy" in the state               
capitol, "with a busy social life" out of sight of his constituents.                         
Condit was elected to Congress in a 1989 special election, after House                       
Democratic Whip Tony Coelho resigned. His most important committee assignment               
was as a senior member on the House Intelligence Committee in the months and                 
years prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.         
According to Salon, Condit voted against President Bill Clinton most frequently             
of all Congressional Democrats. In 1998, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal,                 
Condit publicly demanded that Clinton "come clean" on his relationship with the             
young woman; this demand would become part of a film clip aired often during                 
Condit's own sex scandal.                                                                   
In May 2001, Condit became the subject of national news coverage after the April             
30 disappearance of Chandra Levy, a young woman working as a Washington, D.C.               
intern originally from Condit's district. Police questioned him twice, and                   
Condit denied having an affair with her; however, after Levy's aunt went public             
with conversations she had had with her missing niece about the adulterous                   
liaison, police questioned him a third time, and Condit confessed to the                     
relationship. When the affair began, Condit was 53 and Levy was 23.                         
While Condit was not named as an official suspect in the disappearance, Levy's               
family (and subsequently the national media) suspected that Condit was                       
withholding important information about the intern's disappearance. Public                   
interest was very high, and Condit's reputation suffered not just from the                   
contrast between his "pro-family" politics versus his adultery with a woman two             
years younger than his daughter, and his attempts to mislead the police, but in             
particular, from an incident in July, two months after Levy vanished, in which               
Condit was caught trying to hide a gift box in a dumpster in one of Washington's             
Virginia suburbs.                                                                           
Suspicion deepened when Condit tried to avoid answering direct questions during             
a televised interview with news anchor Connie Chung on August 23. This followed             
news reports that Condit had an affair with flight attendant Anne Marie Smith.               
Condit disappeared from the news after 9/11. Despite the allegations against him,           
Condit was allowed to keep his seat on the Intelligence Committee, and he did               
not lose his security clearance. Condit was one of just a handful of members of             
Congress who were cleared to see the most sensitive information on the attacks.             
On December 7, he announced he would run for re-election. He lost the primary               
election in March 2002 to his former aide, then-Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, and             
left Congress at the end of his term in January 2003. (See "Trivia" below) It               
was the first election Condit ever lost. Condit's most notable vote in his                   
last months in office was the House of Representatives resolution to expel                   
Congressman James Traficant after his conviction on corruption charges. In the               
420-1 vote on July 24, 2002, Gary Condit was the sole "nay."                                 
After an extensive search, Levy's remains were discovered May 22, 2002, by a man             
hunting for turtles with his dog in a secluded area of Rock Creek Park in                   
Washington, D.C. That month, a medical examiner officially declared that Levy's             
death was the result of homicide. The case remains unsolved.