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Dwaine Caraway

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Dwaine Caraway
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 72)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.[2]
Political partyDemocratic[3]
SpouseBarbara Mallory[4][5]
Residence(s)Dallas, Texas
WebsiteOfficial Campaign Website

Dwaine R. Caraway (born April 30, 1952) is an American former politician, and convicted felon who served as the 60th mayor of Dallas in 2011, in an interim capacity. He pleaded 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]

Caraway was first elected as a city council member in 2007. His wife Barbara Mallory Caraway had previously served on the city council.[8] In 2011, Caraway became acting mayor after Mayor Tom Leppert resigned to campaign for the U.S. Senate.[7][9][10][11][12][13] Caraway's first meeting with the Dallas City Council was on March 2, 2011. He served as interim mayor until June 26, 2011,[14] when he was succeeded by elected mayor Mike Rawlings.[15][16]

Caraway left the city council in 2015 due to consecutive term limits, but was elected again in 2017. He was replaced in a special election by Carolyn King Arnold, who was elected to his seat in 2015.[17]

Caraway is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Dallas and attended Texas Southern University for 2 years.[18] Caraway served as a Dallas City Council member representing District 4.

On October 30, 2019, Caraway was transferred to the Dallas County jail after a short stay at the West Texas federal prison. Caraway is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

His wife, Barbara, is a former Dallas City Council Member and 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.[19] 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.

On February 23, 2016, he apologized on K104 Hip Hop & R&B for his behavior.[20]

On January 25, 2018, local news in Dallas reported that Caraway was linked to Slater Swartwood, a businessman facing prison time for bribing public officials. Dallas television station NBCDFW questioned Caraway about his receipt of payments from Swartwood who had 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.[21] On August 9, 2018, Caraway pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges including criminal conspiracy, wire fraud and tax evasion.[22]

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 [23] Actual video of Mayor Pro Tem Caraway press conference referenced here.[24]

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.[6] 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 [25]


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  6. ^ a b "Dwaine Caraway resigns from Dallas City Council, pleads guilty to federal corruption charges". Dallas News. Aug 9, 2018. Retrieved Jun 7, 2021.
  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. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-dallas-morning-news/20160308/283235917135317. Retrieved 2021-02-05 – via PressReader. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Austin, BJ (28 February 2011). "New Interim Dallas Mayor Takes Over". KERA. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  12. ^ Thompson, Steven (28 February 2011). "Dwaine Caraway spends his first day on the job as Dallas mayor". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
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  19. ^ "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]
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  21. ^ "Dwaine Caraway questioned by local news over payments received from convicted businessman". NBCDFW. Archived from the original on 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  22. ^ "Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption Charges". 9 August 2018. Retrieved Jun 7, 2021.
  23. ^ "NRA addresses criticism of holding annual convention in Dallas | WFAA.com". Archived from the original on 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  24. ^ "WFAA - Caraway speaks about NRA". Facebook. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  25. ^ "Former Dallas Councilman Dwaine Caraway Reports to Big Spring Federal Prison Tuesday". 7 May 2019. Retrieved Jun 7, 2021.

Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Dallas
Succeeded by