Kwame Kilpatrick

Mayor of Detroit + Michigan + Resigning
Born Jun 8, 1970

Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is a former mayor of Detroit, Michigan. Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice.… Read More

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1970 Birth Kwame Malik Kilpatrick was born June 8, 1970, to Bernard Kilpatrick and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
1979 9 Years Old His mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was a career politician representing Detroit in Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and serving in the United States House of Representatives for Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1996 to 2010. She was not re-elected to office because she lost her primary election on August 3, 2010 to Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke. … Read More


1981 11 Years Old His parents divorced in 1981. … Read More
1989 19 Years Old Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was a semi-professional basketball player and politician. He was elected to Wayne County Commission, served as head of Wayne County Health and Human Services Department from 1989–2002 and as Chief of Staff to former Wayne County Executive Edward H. McNamara, and later operated a consulting firm called Maestro Associates of Detroit.


1996 26 Years Old Kilpatrick was elected in 1996 to the Michigan House of Representatives after his mother vacated the seat to campaign for a position in the United States Congress. … Read More
1998 28 Years Old Kilpatrick was elected minority floor leader for the Michigan Democratic party, serving in that position 1998 to 2000, and subsequently house minority leader in 2001, the first African American to hold that position. … Read More


2001 31 Years Old In 2001, Kilpatrick became the youngest mayor of Detroit when elected at age 31.
In his 2002 inaugural address, Kilpatrick said: … Read More
2004 34 Years Old The lawsuit stemmed from a 2004 incident in which the two police officers pulled Beatty over for speeding. … Read More
In 2005, TIME magazine named Kilpatrick as one of the worst mayors in America. … Read More
2006 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2006, the Detroit News reported that "Kilpatrick used his special administrator authority to bypass the water board and City Council on three controversial contracts." … Read More
2007 37 Years Old The trial began in August 2007 with Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, both denying they were involved in an extramarital affair. … Read More
In January 2008, the Detroit Free Press revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between Kilpatrick and Beatty on their city-issued SkyTel pagers in late 2002 and early 2003. … Read More
2009 39 Years Old Judge Groner requested detailed financial records for Kwame, his wife, their children, etc. By November 2009 Kilpatrick was on the stand in Detroit to explain his apparent poverty. … Read More


On January 20, 2010, Judge Groner ruled that Kilpatrick pay the sum of $300,000 to the city of Detroit within 90 days.
…  He was arraigned on January 10, 2011, on charges in the 89-page indictment. … Read More
2013 43 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 11, 2013, in spite of a vigorous defense that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars, Kilpatrick was found guilty by a jury on two dozen counts including those for racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion, among others. … Read More
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