Pat Swindall, Congressman Undone by Scandal, Is Dead at 67

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Pat Swindall, a former congressman from Georgia whose political career was derailed by a perjury conviction, died on Wednesday. He was 67.

His former campaign manager and chief of staff, Robb Austin, confirmed the death but did not say where Mr. Swindall died or what the cause was.

A Republican from Atlanta’s eastern suburbs, Mr. Swindall served two terms in Congress, from 1985 to 1989, at a time when Georgia’s political landscape was dominated by Democrats.

He was elected in 1984, beating the five-term Democratic incumbent, Elliott Levitas. At the time, Newt Gingrich was the only other Georgia Republican serving in the House of Representatives.

But Mr. Swindall’s political career crumbled in 1988 under the cloud of an indictment charging him with perjury. He was accused of lying to a federal grand jury about a loan for construction on his home in Stone Mountain home, which he had negotiated with an undercover agent posing as a drug-money launderer.

Mr. Swindall lost his seat in the 1988 election to his Democratic opponent, Ben Jones, an actor best known for playing Cooter on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He was convicted on nine counts in 1989 and sentenced to one year in prison.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned three of the counts, but the Supreme Court upheld the remaining six. He began serving his sentence in 1994.

After his release, Mr. Swindall went into the commercial real estate business and hosted a radio program about the intersection of politics and religion.

At his death, Mr. Swindall was working on a book claiming that the perjury case against him was the result of a “sting and cover-up,” according to an obituary posted by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home.

Patrick Lynn Swindall was born in Gadsden, Ala., on Oct. 18, 1950. He attended the University of Georgia, graduating in 1972, and its law school, graduating in 1975. He lived in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta, with his wife of 36 years, Kimberly. He also had seven grown children.

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