Kwame Kilpatrick was exposed to politics from a very young age, helping out with his parents’ political campaigns. In 1996, at the age of 26, he ran for the Michigan House of Representatives, and went on to successfully run for mayor of Detroit in 2001. At the age of 31, he became the youngest mayor in the history of Detroit. From early on, however, his tenure as mayor was marked by a series of controversies — from criticisms over his flashy lifestyle, to scandals such as the one that erupted over his use of a city credit card. But those scandals would prove to be only the beginning of Kwame Kilpatrick’s problems.