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Rod Blagojevich was the US Representative for Illinois's Fifth Congressional District. He won the race with sixty-four percent of the votes and served the district from 1997 until 2003, when he became Governor of Illinois until he was impeached in 2009. Blagojevich is best known for his attempt to sell former US Senator Barack Obama's seat upon his election to the presidency and the subsequent impeachment, trial, and conviction that followed. In 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to fourteen years in federal prison. He appealed his case in 2013 and in 2015, the court threw out five of the 18 counts again him.