Mark Adam Foley is a former American politician who was born on September 8, 1954. He was a Republican Representative of the 16th District of Florida who served in office from January 4, 1995 until September 29, 2006. Foley is recognized for his anti-gay policies during his term. He resigned Show more... from his position in 2006 after an ABC News report accused him of sending sexually vulgar instant messages and emails to teenage boys. Foley's lawyer revealed that the former congressman was gay.