WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday voted to reprimand Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., for ethical misconduct.
Richardson agreed to the uncommon discipline, including paying a $10,000 fine out of her own pocket.
"I do take these findings very seriously and do accept the responsibility," she said on the House floor.
The House Ethics Committee unanimously recommended the punishment, saying Richardson improperly pressured her congressional staff to work on her campaign, used taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities, and obstructed the investigation.
The embarrassing vote comes as Richardson faces a tough race to win re-election against fellow Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn in a newly drawn district.