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Probe Opens Into Rep.’s Residency

August 30, 2001

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PHOENIX (AP) _ A congressman has admitted that he never lived in the precinct where he has voted during his 41 years as an elected official.

Rep. Bob Stump, R-Ariz., said that since 1980 he has lived in Phoenix, 17 miles from the 80-acre farm in Tolleson that he lists as his voting address. Arizona elections director Jessica Funkhouser said she will look into the matter.

Residency is not a requirement for a congressional run, but is a requirement for voting. State laws require that voters cast ballots where they have ``actual physical presence.″

``It’s a serious allegation,″ Funkhouser told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday. ``We’ve never seen precisely this.″

Stump, 74, said he plans to seek re-election to the House, where he has served for 25 years and is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He previously served 16 years in the Arizona Legislature.

Stump said he has farmed in the Tolleson area all his life, but never lived there. The farm is within his congressional district but his Phoenix home is in another district.

Stump spokeswoman Lisa Atkins told the Republic that the congressman has taken no action to change his registration. Stump considers himself a resident of the district he represents because he considers the farm his legal residence, Atkins said.

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