|2nd and 4th Mayor of the District of Columbia|
January 2, 1979 – January 2, 1991
January 2, 1995 – January 2, 1999
Marion Shepilov Barry (6 Mar 1936 – 23 Nov 2014) was an American politician who served as the Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, Barry’s celebrity was transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when he was videotaped during a sting operation smoking crack cocaine. He was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials and served six months in a federal prison. Despite a history of political and legal controversies, Barry was a popular figure in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post once stated that "to understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry."