Kenneth Reeves

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Kenneth Reeves
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Personal details
Born 1951
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Harvard,
University of Michigan Law School

Kenneth "Ken" Reeves (born 1951) served as the mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, from 1992 to 1995 and again from 2006 to 2007. He is the first openly gay African-American man to have served as mayor of any city in the United States.[1] Cambridge's elections are non-partisan, but he identifies himself with the Democratic Party. Reeves is a graduate of Harvard College. While mayor, he was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[2] an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino. He served as the Managing Attorney of the General Motors/United Auto Workers legal plan and as an attorney specializing in utility, insurance and banking regulations for the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. Reeves had also been in private practice as a principal in the law firm Singleton, Reeves, Bowzer and Huggins.

Reeves has stopped paying the annual fee to the Massachusetts Bar in 1998, and therefore is suspended from practicing law. He stated that he does not see the logic in paying the Bar while he is not actively practicing law.[3]

Reeves was succeeded as mayor in 2008 by E. Denise Simmons, who became the first openly lesbian African-American mayor in the United States.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alice Wolf
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
1992 - 1995
Succeeded by
Sheila Russell
Preceded by
Michael A. Sullivan
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 2, 2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
E. Denise Simmons