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Ray Nagin

Politician + Businessman
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Born Jun 11, 1956

Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr., also known as C. Ray Nagin, is an American consultant, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker who served from 2002 to 2010 as the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He gained international note in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a historic, catastrophic disaster which devastated the New Orleans area. Nagin was first elected in March 2002 and received significant crossover vote from just about every segment of the population.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1956 Birth Nagin was born on June 11, 1956, in New Orleans' Charity Hospital, to a family of modest means. … Read More

TWENTIES

1978 22 Years Old He enrolled at historically black Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, on a baseball scholarship, played on championship teams, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1978. … Read More
1981 25 Years Old After graduating from college, he went to work in the purchasing department at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Los Angeles, California, then to Dallas, Texas in 1981 to take Internal Audit Manager and Division Controller jobs with Associates Corporation.
1982 26 Years Old In 1982, Nagin married Seletha Smith, a New Orleans native. … Read More
1985 29 Years Old In 1985, Nagin returned to New Orleans to become the controller of Cox New Orleans, the city's cable television franchise, run by the Cox media conglomerate. … Read More

THIRTIES

1989 33 Years Old In 1989, he was appointed to oversee all of Cox properties in south Louisiana as vice-president and general manager of Cox Louisiana. … Read More

FORTIES

1999 43 Years Old …  He did give contributions periodically to candidates of both parties, including Representative Billy Tauzin in 1999 and 2000, as well as Democrat Senators John Breaux and J. … Read More
Nagin entered the race for mayor on the final day of qualifying. Shortly before the primary mayoral election, on January 17, 2002, the New Orleans Times Picayune and Gambit Weekly endorsed Nagin. In the first round of the mayoral election in February 2002, Nagin won first place with 29 percent of the vote. … Read More
…  In 2004, he endorsed John Kerry for president.

FIFTIES

He was re-elected in 2006 even though the election was held with at least two-thirds of New Orleans citizens still displaced after Katrina struck.
2007 51 Years Old Nagin hired recovery expert Dr. Ed Blakely in 2007 to head up a dedicated Office of Recovery Management. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old On April 7, 2009, the Times-Picayune alleged a conflict of interest with regard to a trip Nagin took to Hawaii in 2004. The Hawaiian vacation Mayor Ray Nagin, then-chief technology officer Greg Meffert, and their families took in 2004 was claimed to be partially paid for by Meffert, but years later it was revealed that Meffert used a contractor's credit card to pay for Nagin's plane ticket. David Hammer of the Times-Picayune reported on April 23, 2009, that Nagin had taken "plenty of other trips" at the expense of NetMethods, a company owned by city vendor Mark St. Pierre. In April 2009, Nagin was obliged "to sit for a deposition as part of a civil lawsuit over the city's controversial crime camera program." The Times-Picayune had obtained information that Mark St. Pierre, who allegedly paid for the holiday, had made substantial donations to Nagin's 2006 re-election campaign. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old 1 More Event
The U.S. Department of Labor in its April 2010 report said New Orleans had the lowest unemployment in the nation. Prior to leaving office in 2010, Nagin was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to head the United States delegation to a state and local governments conference on assistance to post-earthquake Haiti held in Martinique. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old In June 2012, Frank Fradella, who was facing major securities fraud charges, pleaded guilty in New Orleans federal court to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old On Sept. 3, 2014, a judge deemed Nagin indigent and ordered the Federal Public Defender's Office to take over his appeal. … Read More
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