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Ray Nagin’s wife Selethan Smith Biography, Other Facts, & Personal Life

Ray Nagin’s wife Selethan Smith Biography, Other Facts, & Personal Life

Facts of Seletha Smith

Full Name: Seletha Smith
Gender: Female
Country: United States
HusbandRay Nagin
Birth PlaceUnited Stated
StatusMarried
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityMixed
ReligionChristianity
KidsJeremy Nagin/ Jarin Nagin, Tianna Nagin
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Seletha Smith is famous as the wife of a former American politician, businessman, and convicted felon Ray Nagin. 

What is the Nationality of Seletha Smith?

Seletha Smith was born somewhere in the United States to American parents. Likewise, she is American by her nationality and is of mixed ethnic background. Similarly, she follows the Christianity religion.

Seletha seems to be a highly educated and qualified person. She completed her higher-level education at the local school near her hometown. After that, she went to university to complete her further education.

Seletha Smith Happily Married with Ray Nagin

Seletha Smith is married to a former American politician, businessman, and convicted felon Ray Nagin. The couple tied the knot in 1982. 

The couple might’ve dated for a little while before tying the knot in 1982. The wedding was a private affair as the pair exchanged the wedding vows in front of family, friends, and close relatives. The couple is together for thirty-six years now and their bond is still very strong.

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Caption: Seletha Smith with her husband (Source: townnews)

From their twenty-six years of marriage, the couple has three children. They are two sons namely Jeremy Nagin and Jarin Nagin. After some period, they celebrated another blissful moment with the arrival of their daughter, Tianna Nagin. They keep going for the family vacation whenever they have time and spend quality time with each other.

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

Her husband’s personal vacation during 2004 in Hawaii and said that the payment was made contractor’s credit card. The controversy increased when in 2009.

In the year 2013, he was charged under 21 corruption, wire fraud, conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, and filing false tax returns. This was related to bribes from city contractors around the time of Hurricane Katrina. Likewise, he went to serve ten years in federal prison.

Ray is the first mayor to be charged criminally for corruption in office. Businessmen offered more than $500,000 to him in exchange for city contracts.

Her Husband Net Worth as of 2022

Her husband Ray Nagin is an American management consultant and politician. According to the sources the estimated net worth of Nagin is around 12.1 Million as of 2022.

Who is Her Husband?

Her husband is a former American politician, businessman, and convicted felon. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is famous for his role in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Besides, he is also a founder of CRN Initiatives LLC.

His Political Affiliation

The BBC News stated that Nagin was a registered Republican for most of his adult life, and a George W. Bush supporter. But he switched to the Democratic Party shortly before seeking office. In the year 2004, he endorsed John Kerry for president.

In a January 13, 2006 interview on the Tavis Smiley Show, he denied himself from the rumors saying that he “never was a Republican” and he has been a “life-long Democrat”.

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Caption: Seletha Smith’s Husband (Source: black enterprise)

But several news organizations reported was Republican-issued retractions. He regularly gave contributions to nominees of both parties, including Representative Billy Tauzin in 1999 and 2000, as well as Democrat Senators John Breaux and J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. earlier in the decade.

He supported conservative Republican Bobby Jindal over conservative Democrat Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Blanco in the 2003 runoff for governor. 

At the time of the 2006 Election

At that time, at least two-thirds of its residents were still displaced. One candidate said in his Times-Picayune interview that he was running the city’s demographics had dramatically changed. At that time, three unsuccessful lawsuits filed to prevent delaying the original election date.

In the April 22 election, he was the front runner with 38% of the vote. Likewise, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu came in second with 29%. Then Nagin faced a run-off election on May 20, 2006, along with Landrieu. He defeated Landrieu 52% to 48%.

Her Husband Career

  • Her husband Ray began his career working for General Motors, Detroit, MI in the late 1970s.
  • Then in 1981, he was selected in Associates Corp Dallas. Later in 1985, he became the controller of Cox New Orleans.
  • After that, he became the general manager for Cox Communications in 1989.
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Caption: Seletha Smith’s Husband (Source: gum)
  • In the year 2002, Ray’s profession took a huge turn as he entered to be a mayor. Likewise, he became the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • When he was a mayor, Hurricane Katrina kicked the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. George W. At that time, Bush was the President and he declared Louisiana as an emergency state.
  • Nagin caught good care of his people and provided shelter as well. 

He said in the meeting, 

“I can see in your eyes, you want to know, ‘How do I take advantage of this incredible opportunity? How do I make sure New Orleans is not overrun with Mexican workers”.

  • Besides, Nagin is also popular for calling New Orleans the “Chocolate City” during the meeting.
  • He was elected as the mayor of New Orleans. In the year 2006, he was again re-elected by 52 percent of the vote.