Carolyn Goodman

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This article is about the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada. For the clinical psychologist, see Carolyn Goodman (psychologist).
Carolyn Goodman
22nd Mayor of Las Vegas
Assumed office
July 6, 2011
Preceded by Oscar Goodman
Personal details
Born Carolyn Goldmark
(1939-03-25) March 25, 1939 (age 76)
Political party Democratic
Other political
Spouse(s) Oscar Goodman (1962–present)
Children 4
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Profession Politician
Religion Judaism

Carolyn Goldmark Goodman (born March 25, 1939[1]) is an American politician. She is the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada since 2011.[2] She is the wife of former mayor and attorney Oscar Goodman,[2] and the second female mayor of Las Vegas.

She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1961.[3] Carolyn and her husband Oscar moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia as newlyweds in 1964. [4] She graduated the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1973 with a master's degree in counseling.[5] She is the founder, president and trustee emeritus of the Meadows School.[6] On June 7, 2011, she was elected Mayor of Las Vegas with 60 percent of the vote; she assumed office on July 6, 2011.[2][7]

She received the 2009 Commitment to Education award from the United Way of Southern Nevada.[8]

On October 24, 2011, Carolyn Goodman greeted President Barack Obama at McCarran Airport. In regard to negative remarks President Obama made about Las Vegas two years earlier that had angered Goodman's husband Oscar, the previous mayor, she told Obama that "the slate is brand new and clean," and gave him one of her lucky mayor chips as a gift. [9]

Carolyn and Oscar Goodman have four children and six grandchildren.[10]


Political offices
Preceded by
Oscar Goodman
Mayor of Las Vegas
July 6, 2011 – present