Lawmakers more prone to drown in Virginia, study finds

According to the report, Charles Johnston served in the House for just 15 months before meeting his watery demise after an accident at a dock in Alexandria, Va., in 1832.

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Just 10 years later, three-term Virginia Democrat Linn Banks died less than two months after leaving office while attempting to cross the Conway River in Virginia.

Another congressman, New York’s Isidor Straus, perished along with his wife on the Titanic.

Although 13 lawmakers died from drowning between 1808 and 1929, Congress has remained drown-free for more than 80 years now.

Smart Politics cites the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as saying drowning remains a “leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.”