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Date of Birth: 1956 , June-11
Birth Nation: United States

Quick Timeline of Ray Nagin

1956 Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1978 Graduated from Tuskegee University
1981 Became Internal Audit Manager
1982 Married to Seletha Smith
1989 Became the vice-president and general manager of Cox Louisiana
1995 Won Role Model Award
2002 Won New Orleans mayoral election
2006 Won New Orleans mayoral election for the second time
2014 Convicted of fraud and bribery

Detail Timeline of Ray Nagin

June 11 , 1956

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Ray Nagin was born as Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr. in the mid 1950s in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America in a middle class family. His mother was a manager in restaurant and his father was a fleet mechanic at a local dairy.

1978

Graduated from Tuskegee University

As a child, Ray was enrolled at St. Augustine High School and O. Perry Walker High School. With a baseball scholarship, he joined Tuskegee University with a major in Accounting. He finally earned his Bachelor of Science degree from there in 1978.

1981

Became Internal Audit Manager

After he earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, he took several jobs like Internal Audit Manager, Division Controller jobs with Associates Corporation, controller and manager of Cox New Orleans. He also worked at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan.

1982

Married to Seletha Smith

In 1982, Ray got married to Seletha Smith. It’s been more than three decades they have been together as a loving wife and husband but till date there are no any rumors about their divorce. They have two sons named Jeremy Nagin and Jarin Nagin and one daughter named Tianna Nagin. 

1989

Became the vice-president and general manager of Cox Louisiana

In the mid 1980s, he joined Cox New Orleans, the city's cable television franchise as its controller. Within short time, he became the general manager and at the end of 1980s, he was named its vice-president and general manager.

1995

Won Role Model Award

He is the founder of 100 Black Men of America and he also served as its president for several years. In 1995, he was honored with one of the prestigious award and that was Young Leadership Council Diversity and Role Model Award.

March 2 , 2002

Won New Orleans mayoral election

Despite being a Republican throughout his youth, he came out as a Democrat in with the turn of 21st century and ran in the 2002 New Orleans mayoral election. He won the 29% of the vote in the first round and 59% of the votes in the last round to become the 60th mayor of New Orleans.

May 20 , 2006

Won New Orleans mayoral election for the second time

After he won the election, New Orleans was listed in the comeback kids in the south. He made New Orleans a better place within short period of time. In the early 2006, he ran New Orleans mayoral election for the second time and he won the final round 52% to 48% with Mitch Landrieu.

2014

Convicted of fraud and bribery

Ray Nagin is best known for being the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. Within short time, he made New Orleans a better place and a popular place but Hurricane Katrina faded away all his popularity. In 2014, he was accused of bribery, fraud and money laundering. After that he was sentenced to prison for ten years. 

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In 1982, Ray got married to Seletha Smith. It’s been more than three decades they have been together as a loving wife and husband but till date there are no any rumors about their divorce. They have two sons named Jeremy Nagin and Jarin Nagin and one daughter named Tianna Nagin. His nationality is American and he has mixed ethnicity.

As a child, Ray was enrolled at St. Augustine High School and O. Perry Walker High School. There he was active in several sports like basketball and baseball. With a baseball scholarship, he joined Tuskegee University with a major in Accounting. He finally earned his Bachelor of Science degree from there in 1978. Later on he took several jobs like Internal Audit Manager, Division Controller jobs with Associates Corporation, controller and manager of Cox New Orleans. In the early 1990s, he got his rise in fame as the host of television call-in show. Despite being a Republican throughout his youth, he came out as a Democrat in with the turn of 21st century and ran in the 2002 New Orleans mayoral election. He won the 29% of the vote in the first round and 59% of the votes in the last round to become the 60th mayor of New Orleans. After he won the election, New Orleans was listed in the comeback kids in the south. He made New Orleans a better place within short period of time but Hurricane Katrina faded away all his popularity. In 2014, he was accused of bribery, fraud and money laundering. After that he was sentenced to prison for ten years. He is now aged 59 years old. His net worth is unknown.