Top definition. Budd Dwyer. Pennsylvania state Treasurer who committed suicide on TV in He was about to be sentenced and sent to prison. He called a press conference, read his suicide note , and blew his brains out with a. It was snowing that day in Harrisburg, and lots of kids were home from school. Their cartoons were interrupted by this breaking news, in all its graphic glory. Seared lots of young minds, it did. And this was pre-internet , mind you, so they weren't used to seeing stuff.
Dwyer, the Politician
He served from to as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and from to as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the state's 50th district. Dwyer then served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, , to January 22, , when he committed suicide during a live press conference. In the early s, Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding prior to Dwyer's administration. A multi-million-dollar recovery contract was required to determine the compensation to be given to each employee. In , Dwyer was convicted for accepting a bribe from the California firm that won the contract. He was found guilty on 11 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury, and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, and was scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, On January 22, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he fatally shot himself with a. Dwyer's suicide was broadcast later that day to a wide television audience across Pennsylvania.
Who Was R. Budd Dwyer?
On January 15, , Robert Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician committed suicide on live television. Driven to hopelessness, he ended his own life at a televised press conference. Robert Budd Dwyer was interested in politics his entire life. The second he graduated from Allegheny College in the city of Meadville, he was active in his local Pennsylvania politics. In he was elected for a Republican seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served there until the s when he ran for and won a seat in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Continuing to move up, Dwyer was elected to be Pennsylvania State Treasurer just ten years later. He also won re-election. Since it was such a high profile situation the top accounting firms were competing to determine who would get the contract to determine what the state workers would receive back.
Wikimedia Commons R. Budd Dwyer warning others to stay back just seconds before fatally shooting himself in front of television cameras on January 22, In January , R. Budd Dwyer was particularly well known outside of Pennsylvania, but because his violent death took place in the most public place imaginable: a press conference. And it was all on camera. On January 15, , R. Budd Dwyer, the acting Pennsylvania State Treasurer, held a meeting in his suburban Pennsylvania home. The year-old was a week away from his sentencing on convictions connected to bribery, but he remained adamant about his innocence, as he had done throughout the investigation and trial. Robert Budd Dwyer graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and quickly became active in local politics.