Carolyn Goodman

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Carolyn Goodman
21st Mayor of Las Vegas
Assumed office
July 6, 2011
Preceded by Oscar Goodman
Personal details
Born (1939-03-25) March 25, 1939 (age 75)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Oscar Goodman
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Occupation Mayor of Las Vegas
Religion Judaism

Carolyn G. Goodman (born March 25, 1939[1]) is the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada.[2] She is the wife of former mayor and lawyer 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 regards to negative remarks President Obama said about Vegas two years earlier that caused a stir with 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