President Trump commutes remaining prison sentence of former Texas representative

Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 19:30:41-05

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has commuted the remaining prison sentence of a former Texas representative.

Steve Stockman was convicted in 2018 of misuse of charitable funds.

He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives twice, first representing Texas's 9th congressional district from 1995 to 1997 and then representing Texas's 36th congressional district from 2013 to 2015.

Several political figures have called for Stockman's release based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. According to the White House, the 64-year-old has underlying pre-existing health conditions that place him at a greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has reportedly already contracted the virus while in prison.

Stockman has served more than two years of his 10-year sentence. The White House says he will remain subject to a period supervised release and an order requiring he pay more than $1 million in restitution.

Stockman is one of several pardons made by the president Tuesday. Some of the most notable pardons include former campaign adviser George Papadopulos and Representatives Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter.