Name: Kwame Kilpatrick

Age: 42

Party: Democrat

Background: Kilpatrick was elected in 1996 to the Michigan House of Representatives at the age of 26.

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.

In 2001, at the age of 31, Kilpatrick was elected mayor of Detroit.

In 2003, music mogul Russell Simmons dubbed Kilpatrick the "hip hop mayor" during the Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit.

He was re-elected in 2005, despite news reports that May that over the first 33 months of his term, Kilpatrick had charged more than $210,000 on his city-issued credit card for travel, meals, and entertainment.

On March 24, 2008, Kilpatrick was charged with eight felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council requested that the governor remove Kilpatrick from office.

On Sept. 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor

In one of the biggest public corruption cases in Detroit's history, the ex-mayor and three others are now on trial in U.S. District Court. Kilpatrick is charged with running a criminal enterprise through the mayor's office through public works contracts.

Kilpatrick denies all charges and faces 30 years in prison if found guilty. The trial is ongoing.



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