33 Embarrassing Congressional Edits To Members’ Wikipedia Pages

A search through the House of Representatives IP address on Wikipedia shows which pages have been edited by Congressional staff. The IP address, shared by all Congressional offices offers a glimpse at who decided to do a bit of historical airbrushing.

1. Rep. Mike Coffman: Removed edits to an incident saying President Obama was “in his heart, just not an American.”

ID: 420296

2. Rep. Allen West: Removed an incident in which he called members of the Progressive Caucus “Communists.”

ID: 420312

3. Rep. Bennie Thompson: Removed Thompson’s entire “Controversies” section.

ID: 420547

4. Rep. Grace Napolitano: Added information noting that a controversial loan she made to her campaign, which was being repaid with interest, had been completely repaid.

ID: 420377

5. Rep Darrell Issa: Removed references to pro-Palestinian statements.

ID: 420427

6. Rep. Health Shuler: Removed references to living in a facility operated by the Christian organization “The Family” while in DC.

ID: 420453

7. Rep. Gregg Harper: Removed his remark that he hunted “liberal, tree-hugging, Democrats.”

ID: 420820

8. Rep. Adam Schiff: Removed a sentence saying a vote was called off by Schiff in 2007.

ID: 420462

9. Rep. Dan Burton: Removed a section saying Burton had received illegal contributions from Pakistan.

ID: 420469

10. Rep. Dennis Cardoza: Removed references to Cardoza’s close relationship to disgraced former Congressman Gary Condit.

ID: 420489

11. Rep. Adam Smith: Added lengthy additions to Smith’s biography.

ID: 420505

12. Rep. Mike Honda: Added lengthy items about Honda’s record.

ID: 420512

13. Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Added information to Huelskamp’s biography.

ID: 420519

14. Rep. Richard Nugent: Added information about Nugent’s personal life.

ID: 420524

15. Rep. Jean Schmidt: Removed entire “Armenian Genocide Denial issue” section.

ID: 420618

16. Rep. Tom Cole: Removed a section saying Cole voted for TARP and references to a speech Cole made invoking Hitler and the Confederacy.

ID: 420630

17. Rep. Mike Pence: Made numerous edits over the years generally about Pence’s personal life, political career, and record.

ID: 420673

18. Rep. Peter DeFazio: Removed references to DeFazio’s liberal voting record.

ID: 420764

19. Rep. Frank Lucas: Removed and added large sections to Lucas’ biography.

ID: 420795

20. Lamar S. Smith: Removed references to Smith’s support for TARP.

ID: 420833

21. Rep. Steve Austria: Removed the sections “Controversial Comments On The Great Depression,” “Controversies” and “Allegations Of Plagiarism.”

ID: 420860

22. Rep. Joe Donnelly: Removed references to Donnelly “breaking” with the Democratic Party on some issues.

ID: 420883

23. Rep. Rob Wittman: Added extensive additions to Wittman’s biography.

ID: 420894

24. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer: Made numerous edits including removing the “Congressional Reputation” section.

ID: 420911

25. Rep. Adrian Smith: Removed section about advocating for the elimination of agricultural subsidies.

ID: 420950

26. Rep. Louie Gohmert: Removed numerous sections related to Gohmert’s controversial statements.

ID: 420961

27. Rep. Marcy Kaptur: Removed references to Kaptur being a liberal and member of the Progressive Caucus.

ID: 421025

28. House Speaker John Boehner: Changed information related to Boehner’s knowledge of the 2006 Mark Foley page scandal.

ID: 421048

29. Senator Mark Kirk: Removed large sections about where Kirk received campaign donations.

ID: 421065

30. Rep. Rob Andrews: Added extensive passages to Andrews’ biography.

ID: 421073

31. Rep. John Mica: Removed reference to Mica sidestepping questions about his rumored toupee on the Colbert Report.

ID: 421087

32. Harry Reid: Removed the section “Relationship to Jack Abramoff and his firm.”

ID: 421117

33. Rep. Candice Miller: Removed section about being admonished by the House Ethics Committee.

ID: 421124

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