A chart listing convicted members of Congress that accompanied a story on Wednesday about former representative Dan Rostenkowski contained a number of errors. His party affiliation was incorrect; he is a Democrat. The home state of former representative Raymond F. Lederer of Pennsylvania was misstated, as was the year of former New Jersey senator Harrison A. Williams's conviction. Williams was convicted in 1981. The charges against the late representative Jon C. Hinson (R-Miss.) were incorrect; he was arrested for attempted oral sodomy. The year of former representative Mario Biaggi's (D-N.Y.) conviction on charges related to the Wedtech scandal was stated incorrectly; he was convicted in 1988. The chart misstated when former representative Nicholas Mavroules (D-Mass.) pleaded guilty to various charges; it was in 1993. The chart should have said that former representative George V. Hansen's (R-Idaho) 1984 conviction on false financial disclosure charges was vacated by a court order in 1995, and noted that in 1992 Hansen was convicted on 45 counts of federal bank fraud. The name of Rep. Joseph M. McDade (R-Pa.) should not have been included in the chart because the charges against him are still pending. (Published 04/13/96)

Former representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) pleaded guilty in federal court here yesterday to two counts of mail fraud and was sentenced to 17 months in prison and $100,000 in fines in the final act of a legal and political drama that began nearly two years ago.

Long among the most powerful figures in Washington as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rostenkowski's downfall came over the use of public funds to pay employees who did little or no work, and to buy personal gifts.

Specific charges related to those payments were dropped as part of the plea agreement he struck with prosecutors, and a combative Rostenkowski told reporters outside the courthouse that his use of the U.S. mail to send the payments was a mere "technical" violation of the law.

Prosecutor Thomas J. Motley, however, told the court that Rostenkowski had "defrauded the United States and the House of Representatives, and he defrauded the citizens of the United States of their right to Mr. Rostenkowski's fair and honest services as a member of Congress."

In imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson called Rostenkowski's actions a "reprehensible" breach of trust in the House, which she described as "the very heart of our . . . democracy."

Rostenkowski, dressed in a worn blue tweed jacket and paisley tie, stood quietly in court as Johnson berated him. But he came out of the courthouse swinging and showing flashes of the bare-fisted, old-style Chicago ward politician he once was.

Defiantly describing his offenses as something everyone in Congress had committed at one time or another, Rostenkowski told reporters: "I have been asked by many if I am bitter because of the extensive investigation by the United States Department of Justice of my conduct while I served in Congress and as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. While I deeply regret the trauma that this intense scrutiny has bestowed upon my family, friends and supporters, I personally have come to accept the fact that sometimes one person gets singled out, to be held up by law enforcement as an example."

U.S. Attorney Eric H. Holder Jr. flatly rejected Rostenkowski's description of the two felony charges to which the former congressman had admitted guilt. "People are not sent up to that institution," he said, pointing at the Capitol a short distance away, "to line their pockets."

Holder said Rostenkowski brought law enforcement to his door by his own actions -- his use of government employees to remodel his house and take pictures at his daughter's wedding and his practice of giving expensive china and hand-painted armchairs paid for by taxpayers to his friends, to name a few.

Rostenkowski, 68, originally was charged in a 17-count indictment in May 1994 with engaging in a pattern of corruption that spanned nearly all of his 36 years in Congress. He was accused of illegally exchanging postage stamps for cash at the House Post Office. He was charged with using government employees to run personal errands for him. He was accused of pocketing federal funds and campaign money. And he was charged with using merchandise in the House Stationery Store as gifts to friends and constituents.

Those charges led to his defeat in November 1994 at the hands of a political neophyte.

As a May 15 trial date loomed, his lawyers, led by Dan K. Webb, and prosecutors hammered out the deal that Johnson signed off on yesterday. In addition to the agreed 17 months and the fines, the judge also said Rostenkowski will have to pay the costs of his incarceration, about $1,800 a month, if the Bureau of Prisons determines that he can afford it.

"The guilty pleas don't reflect the breadth of your crimes," Johnson said. "In your important position, you capriciously pursued a course of personal gain for you, your family and your friends. You have stained them, as well as yourself, and the high position you held."

"The penalty you and your family {will suffer} will be the burden of conscience, will be the burden of disgrace that will always be associated with your tenure in Congress," the judge said.

"For me, it's a very sad day," said former minority leader Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.), who had an office next to Rostenkowski's and played golf with him during the days when Rostenkowski was a power in the House. "He's a very fine human being personally," Michel said. "I'll never say anything bad about my friend."

During the dozen years he ruled the Ways and Means Committee, Rostenkowski was larger than life, a big man who enjoyed holding court in restaurants, particularly those that served his favorite dish, red meat. "I think Danny Rostenkowski was a mentor to many of us who were on his committee," said Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif.). "We looked to him for leadership throughout our careers."

Rostenkowski followed his father into politics, succeeding him as a committeeman in Chicago's 32nd Ward, which they ruled from 1935 to 1987. He was elected to the state legislature in 1952, at the age of 24. Six years later, Rostenkowski convinced Mayor Richard J. Daley to back him for Congress to pay off a political debt the mayor owed his father.

In 1980, when several senior members of Congress were voted out of office, Rostenkowski was given the choice of Ways and Means Committee chairman or whip. He took the committee, the most powerful on Capitol Hill because it controls the government's purse strings.

"I am very proud of my 36 years in Congress," Rostenkowski said yesterday. "I believe I have served my constituents with dignity, honor and integrity. I know of no member of Congress who worked harder on behalf of his state, his city or his congressional constituents. . . . With the events of today, I have now put this matter behind me and, when I am released from incarceration, I intend to be actively involved in public life." Staff writer Guy Gugliotta contributed to this report. CAPTION: THE 17 CHARGES

Here are the original charges against former representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.). A May 1994 indictment said he converted $636,000 in federal funds and $56,000 in campaign money to personal use. PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO CHARGES Mail fraud (two counts) Used mail to further frauds involving employees on payroll who did little or no official work and public funds used to buy personal gifts. CHARGES DROPPED LAST MONTH Concealing a material fact (four counts) Applies to "ghost" employees; $73,500 in fraudulent car leases charged to the government; public funds used to buy personal gifts; and cash received from House Post Office for stamps bought with public funds. OTHER CHARGES FROM 1994 INDICTMENT, DROPPED YESTERDAY Mail and wire fraud (three counts) Used telephone and mail to further frauds involving cash for stamps and personal cars bought with public funds. Obstruction of justice (one count) Asked grand jury witness who engraved gifts bought at House stationery store to withhold evidence. Embezzlement (four counts) Applies to public funds spent on personal goods and services and cash-for-stamps allegation. Concealing a material fact from the Federal Election Commission (two counts) Asked House postmaster to cash signed campaign checks; directed campaign committee to pay for personal car leases. Conspiracy (one count) Applies to cash-for-stamps allegation. CAPTION: OTHER CONVICTED LAWMAKERS

Below are listed federal lawmakers besides former representative Dan Rostenkowski (R-Ill.) who have been convicted of crimes since 1980:

1980 Rep. Raymond R. Lederer (D-S.C.), influence peddling, bribery, conspiracy, accepting illegal gratuity, aiding racketeering in the federal investigation code-named Abscam. Convicted in 1981 and jailed for one year. Rep. John W. Jenrette Jr. (D-S.C.), bribery, conspiracy, violating Travel Act (Abscam). Convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. Rep. Frank Thompson Jr. (D-N.J.), influence peddling, accepting outside money to perform official duties, aiding racketeering, receipt of an unlawful gratuity, bribery (Abscam). Convicted, several charges dismissed; jailed for 13 months. Rep. John M. Murphy (D-N.Y.), influence peddling, accepting outside money to perform official duties, aiding racketeering, receipt of an unlawful gratuity, bribery (Abscam). Convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. Rep. Richard Kelly (R-Fla.), bribery, conspiracy, violating Travel Act (Abscam). Convicted, served 13 months. Sen. Harrison Williams (D-N.J.), bribery, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government (Abscam). Convicted, sentenced to one year.

1981 Rep. Jon C. Hinson (R-Miss.), committing sodomy. Pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.

1983 Rep. George Hansen (R-Idaho), filing false financial disclosure statements. Convicted 1984. Sentenced to 15 months in prison.

1987 Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.), obstructing justice, accepting an illegal gratuity, racketeering, tax evasion, perjury, conspiracy, extortion, accepting bribes (Wedtech). Convicted, sentenced to eight years and jailed for 26 months.

1988 Rep. Fofo I.F. Sunia (D-American Samoa), conspiracy to defraud the government by payroll padding. Pleaded guilty. Rep. Pat Swindall (R-Ga.), perjury. Convicted on nine counts 1989. Sentenced to one year in prison.

1989 Rep. Donald E. "Buz" Lukens (R-Ohio), contributing to the unruliness and delinquency of a minor. Convicted and jailed for nine days.

1992 Rep. Joseph M. McDade (R-Pa.), accepting illegal gratuities. Still pending. Rep. Nick Mavroules (D-Mass.), bribery, tax evasion and influence peddling. Pleaded guilty; serving 15-month jail sentence.

1993 Rep. Albert Bustamante (D-Tex.), racketeering and accepting an illegal gratuity. Presently serving three-year sentence. Rep. Larry Smith (D-Fla.), income tax and campaign reporting violations. Convicted, sentenced to three months in jail.

1994 Rep. Carroll Hubbard (D-Ky.), obstruction of justice and falsifying campaign reports. Convicted, sentenced to three years.

1995 Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.), criminal sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. Convicted, sentenced to five years. CAPTION: Ex-lawmaker Dan Rostenkowski after entering plea to mail fraud counts.