This is former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland. He resigned in 2004 under the threat of impeachment by his state legislature. He was caught in a financial scandal, was convicted, and served 10 months in prison. Read his biography, see photos and watch a video below.

‘Pay to Play’ — the whole country is talking about the reportedly shocking pattern of corruption of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D), who is accused of trying to sell The One’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. However, do you remember popular Governor John Rowland (R) of Connecticut? He is no stranger to scandal himself. He pled guilty to a federal corruption charge admitting trading access to his office for more than $100,000 in vacations, charter airline trips and home repairs. He did time and is now speaking out on the ambiguous area between political horse trading and improper or illegal conduct – something we seem to be seeing a lot more of lately.

John G. Rowland Biography

John Grosvenor Rowland was born on May 24, 1957 in Waterbury, Connecticut so his age is 51. He is the former disgraced Governor of Connecticut, serving in that position from 1995-2004. He was the first Connecticut governor to be elected to three terms since 1784.

His political career began in 1980 when he was only 23. He was actually elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives. He held his seat until 1984, when he was elected to represent Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and was reelected in 1986 and 1988. He was elected governor in 1994 at age 37. He was the youngest governor in Connecticut history.

His downfall came during the first year of his 3rd term, 2003, when rumors began circulating that contractors doing business with the state paid for and made improvements to his weekend cottage; that he benefited improperly from the sale of a condominium in Washington, D.C. at an inflated price; that he took gifts from subordinates in state government; and that he took partial ownership in businesses immediately before they were granted state contracts. These eventually led to federal investigations and then indictments of some of Rowland’s close aides, who then cooperated with federal investigators. In order to avoid impeachment charges, Rowland resigned as Governor.

In 2004, John Rowland pled guilty to ‘depriving the public of honest service’. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, four months house arrest, three years probation and community service. He actually served ten months in a federal prison followed by four months house arrest. His lieutenant governor, M. Jodi Rell, is now the governor of Connecticut.

Former Governor John G. Rowland is married to Patty Rowland, who is his second wife, and the couple have five children between them.

ex-Governor John G. Rowland speaking at Connecticut College Video