John Wiley Price is a Democratic politician in Dallas, Texas.
Let’s find out some fun facts about him!
1. Price was born on April 24, 1950 in Kaufman County, Texas at the small town of Forney, where he grew up.
2. He attended the town’s schools, and has throughout his speaking career spoke of the desegregation experience there.
3. Price’s father, Rev. Holman Colman Price worked as a truck driver and built a small career as a part-time Baptist preacher, which afforded Willie Faye née McCorney Price, a homemaker’s career.
4. After Price graduated from high school, he moved to Dallas, where he attended El Centro College and studied computer programming.
5. In the 1970s, Price married Vivian Pauline née Salinas Price in his father’s chapel; the couple had one child together.
6. In 1972, he ran for his first political office as chair of his Dallas Precinct.
7. After winning, in the latter part of 1973, at the age of 23 Price was appointed to his first civic position on the advisory board of Crossroads Community Center near Fair Park.
8. On December 1, 1975, Price would be appointed as Chief Clerk for Judge Cleo Steele.
9. He would later divorce his wife in 1983. Price adopted two children, John Nicholas and Angelina Monique.
10. Price has aroused local controversy during his time in office.
11. During the 1980s and 1990s Price would lead protests for racial issues in the Dallas area. In the spring of 1990 Price threatened a citywide “call to arms” if the city manager did not pick someone sensitive to minorities for a new police chief.
12. Among many other instances, Price received national media attention when he took offense at the use of the term “black hole” by a fellow commissioner.
13. Price again made headlines when he launched a profanity-laced tirade at a December 2009 Dallas County Commissioner’s Court meeting over the ongoing investigation of impropriety among Dallas Constables.
14. Price repeatedly pounded on the desk in front of him and responded to a call from County Judge Jim Foster for order by declaring that Foster should “Make me come to order!”
15. In February 2011 Price got into a shouting match with Dallas lawyer Jeff Turner at a Dallas county commissioner’s meeting. Turner repeatedly called Price a ‘Chief Mullah’ and ‘tribal’, terms that Price took offense to and led him to ask Turner to speak to him in private. Price later stated that he interpreted “Mullah” as “Moolah”, similar to the racial epithet “Moulie”. The public confrontation resulted in a shouting match before Price asked out loud why all the speakers were white. When an audience member shouted, “You’ve asked respect of us. We demand respect from you,” Price said “All of you are white. Go to hell”. Price then headed for the exit and challenged the protesters to follow him and continue the discussion outside. At this point security personnel ordered the court to be cleared.
16. In August 2011, Price appears to assault a reporter on video outside of a county office. Later Price is heard on tape threatening to assault the reporter.
17. In July 2011, Price and multiple associates were served with search warrants obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation arising out of acts of alleged public corruption. The FBI seized multiple assets belonging to Price. Price is currently being investigated by the FBI.
18. On June 24, 2016, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn pushed the trial date back to February 21, 2017 due to the amount of evidence the government accumulated, 9.2 terabytes worth, and the time needed for the defense to sort through it all. John Wiley Price plead not guilty on Thursday, February 23, 2017. He was found not guilty.
19. On February 22, 2016, Price was involved in a melee with Dwaine Caraway, in which he is accused of choking a Caraway campaign staffer, at the gospel radio station KHVN Heaven 97.