A shamed congressman has met an early demise this week.
On Friday, it was announced former congressman Pat Swindall had passed away at the age of 67.
At one point, Swindall was considered a rising star in the GOP.
He had managed to win not one, but two elections in Georgia, which at the time was a very strong blue state.
It was no small feat for him to get into office, either.
In 1984, he beat Elliott Levitas, who had already served five terms in office.
His victory made him one of only two Republicans representing Georgia in Congress at the time.
The other being none other than Newt Gingrich.
Then, his life was turned upside down.
Swindall lost his seat in 1988 with a cloud of controversy over him.
According to reports, Swindall lied to a grand jury about a loan for his home.
The loan had been negotiated with an undercover agent who was posing as a money launderer for drug dealers.
He would eventually serve a one-year sentence for his crimes.
Swindall claimed he fell victim to a sting operation that was actually a cover up by the government.
After losing his seat, Swindall went into the real estate business.
He also hosted a local radio program discussing religion and politics.
At this time, the nature of his death has not been revealed.
Swindall is survived by his wife and seven children.