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Reynolds was born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi and he graduated from the University of Illinois. Reynolds was unsuccessful in his 1986, 1988 and 1990 campaigns against Congressman Gus Savage. But, Reynolds was able to defeat Savage in 1992. He served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. In 1994, he was indicted for having sex with an underage campaign worker. He was convicted in 1995 and resigned soon afterwards.
He was convicted in 1997 of fraudulently obtaining bank loans. His prison term was commuted by President Bill Clinton in the final hours of Clinton's term. In 2004, he was overwhelmingly defeated by Jesse Jackson, Jr. in his attempt to win his old House seat back.
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