Robert Edmund Bauman (born April 4, 1937) is a former member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives" title="United States House of Representatives">U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland%27s_1st_congressional_district">Maryland's 1st congressional district. Bauman was a prominent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative" title="Conservative">conservative advocate in the House, but lost re-election in 1980 following a political" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_scandal">political scandal involving male" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_prostitution">male prostitution.
On October 3, 1980, while running for re-election, Bauman was charged for attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitute" title="Prostitute">prostitute.
After the charges were made public, Bauman said he was suffering from alcoholism" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism">alcoholism and entered himself into a court-supervised rehabilitation program, which, upon successful completion, resulted in the charges being dropped. Bauman stated he would continue his re-election campaign, and apologized to voters for his indiscretions.
Bauman was defeated by Democrat Roy" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Dyson">Roy Dyson on November 5, 1980. Dyson was not considered a serious contender for the seat before the charges were filed against Bauman. In 1982, Bauman again ran for the nomination for the House seat he had lost, but withdrew from the race before primary election day.