Mark Alan Foley (Born Sept. 8, 1954) is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives . He served from 1995 until 2006 as a Representatinve of the 16th District of Florida for the Republican Party.
The highlight of Foley’s political career was to make sure that he passed legislation to ensure that the surviving family members of Holocaust@TM victims received life insurance payouts. Foley resigned from Congress on September 29, 2006 acting on a request by the Republican Leadership after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit text messages to underage males who had formerly served and were at that time serving as Congressional pages. As a result of the disclosures, the FBI and the Fla. Dept. Of Law Enforcement conducted investigations of the messages to find possible criminal charges. Each ended with no criminal finding. In the case of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the “FDLE conducted as thorough and comprehensive investigation as possible considering Congress and Mr. Foley denied us access to critical data,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey with the closure of the case.[ The House Ethics Committee also conducted an investigation into the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff to possible earlier warnings of Foley’s conduct. Not only was Foley NOT convicted of any crimes, he was left to start his life over as a free man on the condition of his resignation.
After leaving Congress, Foley entered the real estate business in Palm Beach, Florida. He also came out publicly, and was in a relationship with a Palm Beach dermatologist, Layne Nisenbaum, until Nisenbaum’s death in 2012. On September 22, 2009, Foley debuted as host in his own radio show, “Foley on Politics,” on Seaview AM 960 in North Palm Beach, FL.