Nathaniel T. Oaks

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Nathaniel T. Oaks
Nathaniel T. Oaks (Maryland Delgate).jpg
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 41st district
In office
February 10, 2017 – March 29, 2018
Preceded byLisa Gladden
Succeeded byJill P. Carter
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 41st district
In office
January 11, 1995 – February 10, 2017
Preceded bySamuel M. Parham
Succeeded byAngela Gibson
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 10, 1989
Preceded byWalter R. Dean, Jr.
Succeeded bySamuel M. Parham
Personal details
Born (1946-10-19) October 19, 1946 (age 72)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
OccupationInsurance agent

Nathaniel T. Oaks (born October 19, 1946) is an American politician from Baltimore City, Maryland. He was a longtime member of the Maryland General Assembly, serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1995 to February 2017, when he resigned to take a seat in the Maryland State Senate. Oaks remained in the state Senate until March 29, 2018, when he resigned from office on the same day he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.[1][2]


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Oaks attended Edmondson High School, the University of Baltimore, Towson State College and graduated from Morgan State University with a B.S. degree in business in 1974.[3]

In the legislature[edit]

Oaks was a member of the House of Delegates from 1983 to 1989 when he automatically forfeited his seat after being convicted of theft charges for double-billing expenses both to the State for expenses performed in official capacity and to his campaign fund.[4]

After a losing bid to regain office in 1990, Oaks was re-elected in 1994 when several incumbent delegates retired.[5]

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Oaks to the Maryland State Senate in 2017 when Lisa Gladden retired due to illness.[6]

Legislative notes[edit]

  • Co-sponsored HB 860 (Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013). Signed by the Governor on May 16, 2013, the new law approved 1.1 billion dollars to construct new schools in Baltimore City.[7]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Primary Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 41[8]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jill P. Carter, Dem. 13,196   31.2%    Won
Samuel I. Rosenberg, Dem. 9,215   21.8%    Won
Nathaniel T. Oaks, Dem. 9,189   21.7%    Won
Wendall Phillips 6,480   15.3%    Lost
Kevin Hargrave 2,095   5.0%    Lost
Karen M. Ferguson 2,116   5.0%    Lost

In the Democratic Party[edit]

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Oaks supported Barack Obama.

Political corruption plea and resignation from office[edit]

In May 2017, Oaks was indicted in U.S. District Court on nine counts of wire fraud, fraud, and bribery in connection with an influence-peddling scheme.[9][2] In November 2017, Oaks was additionally charged with obstruction of justice, relating to "an allegation that Oaks sabotaged another investigation by tipping off the target."[2]

On March 29, 2018, Oaks resigned his state Senate seat, and hours later pleaded guilty to two wire fraud charges and admitted that he had made "corrupt use of his office in a bribery scheme."[2] The remaining charges against him were dismissed.[2]

On July 17, 2018, Oaks was formally sentenced to three and a half years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett found Oaks guilty on one count of wire fraud and one count of honest services wire fraud after he signed a plea agreement early 2018 confirming he had taken accepted a bribe from a disguised FBI informant and agreed to help defraud a federal housing agency. Oaks was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service. [10]


  1. ^ Former Senators, Nathaniel T. Oaks, Maryland Manual Online (last updated March 29, 2018).
  2. ^ a b c d e Ian Duncan & Jessica Anderson, Former Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel Oaks pleads guilty to corruption charges, Baltimre Sun (March 29, 2018).
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  7. ^ "House Bill 860". Maryland Legislative Services. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  9. ^ Cox, Justin Fenton, Luke Broadwater, Erin. "Longtime Baltimore state lawmaker Oaks charged with federal wire fraud". Baltimore Sun.
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