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7. Jim Jordan wins re-election as allegations mount of sexual abuse at Ohio State by team doctor

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    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, arrives for a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday.

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    This file photo shows a 1978 employment application information for Dr. Richard Strauss, from Ohio State University personnel files reviewed by The Associated Press. Strauss, who died in 2005, has been accused of sexual misconduct by former college student athletes. Ohio State says the firm conducting an independent investigation also is reviewing whether Strauss examined high school students.

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    Brian Garrett speaks during an interview at his home in Powell, on July 3. Garrett, is among about 145 former students who have reported firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss.

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    Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato discusses abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a late Ohio State team doctor in the 1990s, on July 2 in Dublin. DiSabato and another former wrestler also say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a former Ohio State wrestling coach, isn't being truthful when he says he wasn't aware at the time of abuse allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.

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    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday for the House Republican leadership elections. Jordan was thwarted in his bid for minority leader, losing to Kevin McCarthy.

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    U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan laughs as he talks during the AgCredit luncheon at Green Circle Growers in Oberlin.

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    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., right, and committee member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talk as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a House Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, comments during a meeting on Capitol Hill on June 26.

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    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, arrives for a joint hearing with testimony from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, during a joint House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing examining Horowitz's report of the FBI's Clinton email probe, on Capitol Hill, June 19 in Washington.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s year was a bit of a rollercoaster. While Jordan, R-Urbana, was running for re-election against Democrat Janet Garrett, of Oberlin, he was linked to sexual abuse allegations at The Ohio State University.

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This file photo shows a 1978 employment application information for Dr. Richard Strauss, from Ohio State University personnel files reviewed by The Associated Press. Strauss, who died in 2005, has been accused of sexual misconduct by former college student athletes. Ohio State says the firm conducting an independent investigation also is reviewing whether Strauss examined high school students.

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Several former wrestlers with the university accused Jordan, who was a wrestling coach there from 1987 to 1995, of knowing about the abuse by former university doctor Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005. The wrestlers said that while Jordan knew about the abuse, he did nothing to stop it. Jordan has denied he knew anything and insisted that if he had known, he would have put a stop to it.

Jordan still overwhelmingly won re-election for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, over Garrett, 65 percent to 35 percent. Shortly thereafter, he announced he would run for the new minority leader (he’d suggested he’d run for Speaker of the House in the summer, if Republicans held on to the majority) but lost in a Republican-only vote to California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.



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