Dianne Wilkerson

Born May 2, 1955

Dianne Wilkerson is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, representing the 2nd Suffolk District from 1993 to 2008. On October 28, 2008, she was arrested on public corruption charges by the FBI for allegedly accepting bribes totaling $23,500. She formally resigned on November 19, 2008. On June 3, 2010 she pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on May 2, 1955.


1978 23 Years Old Dianne Wilkerson graduated from High School of Commerce. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from American International College in 1978, and a juris doctor from Boston College Law School in 1981.


1993 38 Years Old In 1993, she became the first African American female to serve in the Massachusetts Senate. … Read More


1997 42 Years Old Wilkerson was sentenced to house arrest in December 1997 after pleading guilty to failing to pay $51,000 in federal income taxes in the early 1990s.
1999 44 Years Old She was suspended from practicing law for one year in 1999 because of the conviction and did not seek reinstatement.
2001 46 Years Old In 2001, she was fined $1,000 by the State Ethics Commission for failing to properly report that a bank she lobbied for as senator was paying her more than $20,000 a year as a consultant.


2005 50 Years Old In September 2005, the state Attorney General and head of the state's campaign finance office filed a lawsuit against Wilkerson, alleging she had not reported nearly $27,000 in donations and refused to explain more than $18,000 in personal reimbursements. … Read More
On October 28, 2008, she was arrested on public corruption charges by the FBI for allegedly accepting bribes totaling $23,500.
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She currently is free on bail, and was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in US District Court on February 25, 2009.
2010 55 Years Old On June 3, 2010 Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old On January 6, 2011, Wilkerson was sentenced to 3 years in prison for bribery.
2013 58 Years Old Wilkerson was released from prison September 27, 2013.
2014 59 Years Old In February 2014, Wilkerson received an award as one of 18 "women of color changing our world", presented by Boston mayor Martin Walsh.
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