Highest Office Held: US House of Representatives, Texas
When a politician is accused of a crime, the trajectory is usually resignation, then reality TV, then prison. Tom Delay followed this plan exactly, except that he keeps managing to put off the prison part. First, he resigned from Congress after it was discovered that he was in bed with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Several years later he donned a "sequined, leopard-print lined vest" for Dancing With the Stars.
When will Delay trade in those sparkly outfits for an orange jumpsuit? Despite being sentenced to three years in 2011, his case is somehow still stuck in the appeals process.