- Rep Kevin Yoder was one of six Republican Congressmen to jump in the holy lake after late-night drinks at a posh hotel
- Republican House leaders were furious with the aides and chastised them for their behavior
- Rep Yoder previously was cited for refusing to submit to a DUI breath test during a traffic stop.
Kansas Rep Kevin Yoder, 36, who was voted one of 'Hottest Freshmen in Congress,' admitted to skinny dipping in the holy water in August 2011. He was one of just Republican six Congressmen who jumped in the lake after a drunken night out at a high-price hotel, it was reported on Sunday.
Politico reports that the The hard-partying in the Holy Land was so outrageous that it led the FBI to open an investigation and prompted embarrassed Republican party leaders to dress down the freshman lawmakers
Embarrassed: Rep Kevin Yoder, who is from a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, apologized for skinny dipping during the trip to the Holy Land
Rep Yoder reportedly disrobed in front of one Congressman's daughter and the wife of another member.
In 2009, Rep Yoder was cited for refusing to take a DUI breathalyzer test after being pulled over by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. His campaign maintains he hadn't been drinking.
Thirty freshman lawmakers went to Israel in August 2011 for an all-expense-paid trip, along with their families and aides, that cost a reported $10,000 per person.
The American Israel Educational Foundation paid for the trip, which is a rite of passage for new members of Congress. The group, closely tied to the powerful AIPAC, says it uses the visits to Israel to educate each new class of lawmakers about the importance of the the Jewish nation's relationship with the United States.
Republican leaders Reps Eric Candor and Kevin McCarthy -- the no. 2 and no. 3 ranking members of the House -- who escorted the first-year Congressmen, were reportedly furious and told the members that they were trivializing the mission of the junket to the Holy Land.
Rep Yoder admitted to the incident and said he was sorry in a statement to Politico, saying: 'It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and (for) any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.'
Sacred: The Sea of Galilee is where the Bible says Jesus Christ walked on water. It remains holy to Christians
According to the news site, the Congressional delegation was staying at the Scots Hotel in Tiberias along the Sea of Gallilee.
After dinner at the $1,000-a-night resort, several members and Congressional staffers stuck around and continued drinking.
At some point in the night, the group decided to take a swim in the nearby lake. Some of the participants waded in in their clothes -- others partially disrobed. Only Rep Yoder took all his clothes off, Politico says.
The other participants in the after-dark swim were: Rep Steve Southerland, of Florida, and his daughter; Rep Tom Reed, of New York, and his wife; Reps Ben Quayle, of Arizona, Jeff Denham, of California, and Michael Grimm, of New York.
Several aides also jumped in, Politico reports: Steve Stombres, Rep Cantor’s chief of staff; Tim Berry, Rep McCarthy’s chief of staff; Laena Fallon, Rep Cantor’s former communications director and Emily Murray, Rep McCarthy’s top health care aide.
During the trip, the Congressman met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the ambassadors between the two nationsBy DAILY MAIL REPORTER
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