Frank Ballance

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Frank Ballance
Frank Ballance.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st district
In office
January 7, 2003 – June 8, 2004
Preceded by Eva Clayton
Succeeded by G. K. Butterfield
Personal details
Born (1942-02-15) February 15, 1942 (age 72)
Windsor, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bernadine Ballance

Frank W. Ballance, Jr. (born February 15, 1942), American politician, is an attorney and a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004, representing North Carolina's 1st congressional district.

In 2004, Ballance pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, and was sentenced to four years in prison, two years supervised release, and fined $10,000.

Background[edit]

Ballance was born in Windsor, North Carolina. He graduated from W. S. Etheridge High School in 1959 and attended North Carolina Central University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1963 and a law degree in 1965.

After receiving his law degree, Ballance briefly served as a faculty member of the South Carolina State University School of Law before entering private practice in 1966. He served in the North Carolina National Guard Reserve from 1968 to 1971.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married Bernadine Smallwood in 1969; they have three children.

Political career[edit]

Ballance was first elected to the House of the state legislature in 1983 and served until 1986. In 1988, he was elected to the North Carolina Senate; that same year, he had served as chair of the Warren County chapter of the NAACP. Ballance served in the state senate until 2002, including as deputy president pro tempore from 1997 to 2002. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees for both North Carolina Central University and Elizabeth City State University.

Ballance ran for, and was elected to, the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 1st congressional district in 2002. After election to Congress, he served as the president of the 108th Congress's Democratic freshman class. Ballance served on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Small Business Committee.

On June 8, 2004, Ballance resigned from his seat due to health issues after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.[1] Ballance's successor, G. K. Butterfield, was elected in a special election on July 20.[2]

Criminal convictions[edit]

On September 2, 2004, Ballance was indicted on federal charges including money laundering, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud with his son, Garey Ballance, a state district judge in Warren County, North Carolina.[3] Garey Ballance was also charged in the indictment with income tax evasion. The charges arose after allegations were made that the elder Ballance took $2.3 million in state funds he secured as a State Senator for the John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation and used the cash for the enrichment of himself, his family, and his church.

On November 9, 2004, a plea agreement was reached under which Ballance pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. In January 2005, he was disbarred from the practice of law in the state of North Carolina. On October 12, 2005, he was sentenced to four years in prison, two years supervised release, and fined $10,000. He began serving his sentence at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, on December 30, 2005. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was released from prison in June 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ballance Cites Health Reasons For Retirement From Congress, WRAL.com, 2004-06-08
  2. ^ G.K. Butterfield Elected To Fill Ballance's Term, WRAL.com, 2004-07-21.
  3. ^ http://www.abclocal.go.com, October 12, 2005, "Former Congressman Frank Ballamce Sentenced" by AP and Eyewitness News, [1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eva M. Clayton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

2003–2004
Succeeded by
G. K. Butterfield