MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Former Tennessee legislature Roscoe Dixon has died. He was 71 years old.
Javier Bailey and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland both announced Dixon’s death anniversary on social media.
I am sorry to hear that former Senator Roscoe Dixon has passed away. He has always been gracious and encouraging to me, even two years ago when I knocked on his door and stood up for a campaign. He invited us to remember for 30 minutes – a great memory today. pic.twitter.com/eoJKHglvQt
– Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) April 16, 2021
Dixon served in the Tennessee Senate from 1994 to 2005. In 2010 he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he served until 2017.
He was arrested and charged in 2005 on Operation Tennessee Waltz. He served for five years for taking money from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for helping the legislation.
Operation Tennessee Waltz was a stabbing operation conducted by federal and state law enforcement that resulted in the arrest of seven Tennessee state lawmakers, two county commissions, one from Hamilton County, the other member of the prominent Memphis Hooks family . A former district administrator was also arrested.
In 2016, Dixon restored almost all of his civil rights.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.