Timeline of the late Buddy Cianci's political career

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM
Timeline of the late Buddy Cianci's political career

Key events in the turbulent political career of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., who died Thursday at 74:

Nov. 5, 1974: Running as a Republican anti-corruption candidate, Cianci, a prosecutor, wins his first race for Providence mayor against Democrat Joseph Doorley.

Jan. 6, 1975: Cianci sworn in as mayor of Providence, becoming city's first Italian-American mayor.

1976: Cianci speaks at Republican National Convention.

1978: Cianci wins a second term.

1980: Cianci runs unsuccessfully for governor as a Republican, losing to Democrat Joseph Garrahy in a landslide. He later calls it "the worst campaign of my career."

1982: Cianci wins a third term, this time running as an independent.

March 20, 1983: Using a lit cigarette, ashtray and fireplace log, Cianci assaults a man he believed was having an affair with his estranged wife. Cianci's director of public works and police detail stand by.

March 5, 1984: Cianci pleads no contest to felony assault with a dangerous weapon and simple assault and battery.

April 23, 1984: Cianci receives a five-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

April 25, 1984: Cianci resigns as mayor.

March 1985: Cianci launches a career as a radio talk show host.

November 1990: In a comeback bid, Cianci wins a three-way mayoral race by 317 votes as an independent. He wins additional terms in 1994 and 1998.

April 2, 2001: Cianci is indicted on 28 counts.

June 24, 2002: Cianci is convicted of one count of racketeering conspiracy.

Sept. 6, 2002: Cianci is sentenced to more than five years in prison and forced out of office.

May 30, 2007: Cianci is released from prison to a Boston halfway house.

July 27, 2007: Cianci is released from federal custody.

Sept. 20, 2007: Cianci returns to the airwaves as a radio talk show host.

June 25, 2014: Cianci launches another comeback bid for mayor.

Aug. 18, 2014: An Associated Press investigation reveals that Cianci's pasta sauce, marketed to help provide college scholarships, made no money in the last four years.

Oct. 8, 2014: Campaign finance reports show Cianci took donations from city workers despite pledging not to.

Nov. 4, 2014: Cianci loses comeback bid for seventh mayoral term to Jorge Elorza.

Nov. 19, 2015: Official portrait of Cianci is unveiled at City Hall; he quips, "I've been framed." He is briefly hospitalized after becoming lightheaded at the ceremony.

Dec. 25, 2015: Cianci is engaged to former campaign worker Tara Marie Haywood.

Jan. 27, 2016: Cianci is hospitalized with severe stomach pains while taping his weekly TV show.

Jan. 28, 2016: Cianci dies at age 74.