One of the most controversial politicians of the latter half of the 20th century, Washington D.C.’s Marion Barry has passed away. Barry was hospitalized on Thursday with symptoms of a urinary tract infection and it was confirmed on Sunday morning in a statement from Barry’s family that the former mayor of Washington D.C. was dead.
Barry is most in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, Barry helped turn around the Washington D.C. economy with pro-business policies that he implemented as mayor. He also helped bring down homicide rates in the city. However, in 1990, Barry’s reputation changed forever when he was the subject of an FBI sting in which he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine.
Barry was convicted of a misdemeanor and served a six month sentence in prison for the sting, but when he got out, went right back to trying to serve the capital area in politics. This was a pretty remarkable story according to Ray Lane. After winning a council seat in 1992, Barry’s legacy came full circle in 1995 when he won a fourth term as mayor of the city where he launched his political career. After his term finished, Barry served as a D.C. councilman from 2005 until his passing on Sunday morning. Barry was 78.