Dwaine Caraway

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Dwaine Caraway
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Acting Mayor of Dallas
In office
February 26, 2011 – June 26, 2011
Preceded byTom Leppert[1]
Succeeded byMike Rawlings
Personal details
Born (1952-04-30) April 30, 1952 (age 67)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.[2]
Political partyDemocratic[3]
Spouse(s)Barbara Mallory[4][5]
ResidenceDallas, Texas
WebsiteOfficial Campaign Website

Dwaine R. Caraway (born April 30, 1952) is a former American politician who served as the 60th mayor of Dallas (for a four-month term in 2011, as Acting Mayor) before pleading guilty in 2018 for taking bribes while serving as Mayor Pro Tem. He served as a Dallas City Council member until his resignation on August 9, 2018.[6][7]

In 2011, Caraway became acting mayor after previous mayor Tom Leppert resigned to campaign for the U.S. Senate.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Caraway's first meeting with the Dallas city council was on March 2, 2011. He served as interim mayor until June 26, 2011,[13] when he was succeeded by elected mayor Mike Rawlings.[14][15]

Caraway is a graduate of Lincoln High School (Dallas) and immediately attended Texas Southern University before dropping out.[16] Caraway served as a Dallas City Council Member representing District 4.

Caraway is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

His wife, Barbara, is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives.


In 2011, Caraway drew sharp criticism for his attempt to honor convicted felon Michael Vick by presenting him with a ceremonial key to the City of Dallas. On February 22, 2016, Dwaine Caraway was involved in a melee with Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price at the gospel radio station KHVN Heaven 97.[17] A volunteer for Dwaine Caraway's campaign was allegedly assaulted by John Wiley Price. The alleged assault resulted in the filing of a civil suit in Dallas County against Mr. Price by Dallas attorney Kristin Regel, which is pending.

On February 23, 2016, he apologized on K104 Hip Hop & R&B for his behavior.[18]

On January 25, 2018, it was reported by local news in Dallas, Texas that Caraway was linked to Slater Swartwood, a businessman facing prison time for bribing public officials. NBCDFW questioned Caraway about his receipt of payments from Swartwood who testified that he directed payments to Caraway in exchange for Caraway's support of Swartwood's company, Elf Investments, getting contracts from the city. The alleged payments occurred when Caraway was a member of the Dallas city council.[19] On August 9, 2018, Caraway plead guilty to federal corruption charges including criminal conspiracy, wire fraud and tax evasion.[20]

On February 20, 2018, reported in national news from Dallas, Texas that Mayor Pro Tem Caraway requested that the NRA move its annual convention outside of Dallas [21] Actual video of Mayor Pro Tem Caraway press conference referenced here.[22]

On August 9, 2018, Caraway filed court documents indicating that he will plead guilty to federal corruption charges. The charges relate to $450,000 in payments from figures associated with Force Multiplier Solutions, a school bus "stop sign camera" company that received a lucrative contract from the since-dissolved bus operator Dallas County Schools. [23] Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway began serving his 56-month sentence at a West Texas federal prison Tuesday, May 7,2019.

Caraway was sentenced to serve 56 months in prison in April and ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution [24]


  1. ^ "Dallas' new era of opportunity". Dallas Business Journal. American City Business Journals. June 24, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "About Dwaine". Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170301004115/http://www.dwainecarawayfordallascounty.com/
  4. ^ Beck, Lita; Frank Heinz (23 March 2011). "Caraway Tape Released". KXAS. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Police: Caraway incident may have started over apron". WFAA. 23 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-council/2018/08/09/dallas-mayor-pro-tem-dwaine-caraway-will-plead-guilty-federal-corruption-charges
  7. ^ a b Wilonsky, Robert (26 February 2011). "City Hall Hours Before He Becomes Mayor, Caraway Has Message for "Believers, Doubters and Critics"". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  8. ^ Civale, Craig (February 23, 2011). "Caraway takes over as interim Dallas mayor on Friday". WFAA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Thompson, Steve (February 25, 2011). "In Dallas mayor's shoes now, Caraway says he won't go out on a limb". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Austin, BJ (28 February 2011). "New Interim Dallas Mayor Takes Over". KERA. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  11. ^ Thompson, Steven (28 February 2011). "Dwaine Caraway spends his first day on the job as Dallas mayor". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  12. ^ Cutler, Mellisa (28 February 2011). "Dwaine Caraway Takes Over as Dallas Mayor". KDFW. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "First city council meeting for Dallas' interim mayor". WFAA. 2 March 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ Novak, Daniel (18 June 2011). "Mike Rawlings Wins Dallas Mayoral Election". KDAF. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  15. ^ "ELECTIONS: Rawlings, Price cruise to victory; Hightower narrowly defeated in Arlington 29 7share0share0share37". Dallas Voice. 18 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 20 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  16. ^ Schutze, Jim (March 27, 2008). "The Dwaine Caraway Show". Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "FOOLYWANG MATERIAL: Texas Politicians FIGHT Inside A GOSPEL Radio Station, "You F*CKED My Wife!" | The Young, Black, and Fabulous®". m.theybf.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "John Wiley Price Apologizes". SoundCloud. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Dwaine Caraway questioned by local news over payments received from convicted businessman". NBCDFW. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  20. ^ https://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Dallas-Mayor-Pro-Tem-Dwaine-Caraway-Pleads-Guilty-to-Federal-Corruption-Charges-490457291.html
  21. ^ http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/dallas-mayor-pro-tem-dwaine-caraway-it-is-time-to-put-the-heat-on-the-nra/520525402
  22. ^ https://www.facebook.com/wfaa/videos/10155410093166545/
  23. ^ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-council/2018/08/09/dallas-mayor-pro-tem-dwaine-caraway-will-plead-guilty-federal-corruption-charges
  24. ^ https://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Former-Dallas-Councilman-Dwaine-Caraway-Expected-to-Report-to-Prison-Tuesday-509576111.html

Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Leppert
Mayor of Dallas
Succeeded by
Mike Rawlings