On November 27, 1973, Gerald Ford was confirmed as Vice President under President Richard Nixon. The previous Vice President, Spiro Agnew, had resigned on October 10th. He was facing criminal charges of bribery while he had served as governor of Maryland. He ended up pleading no contest for failing to report income, receiving three years probation and a $10,000 fine. Until his death in 1996 he claimed he was innocent. Ford was the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives when he was selected by Nixon. He was easily confirmed in both the House and the Senate. Upon his succession to the presidency with Nixon's resignation in 1974, Ford became the only president to have ever served as president without winning in the electoral college for either the presidency or vice presidency.