Carolyn Goodman (politician)

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This article is about the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada. For the clinical psychologist, see Carolyn Goodman (psychologist).
Carolyn Goodman
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22nd Mayor of Las Vegas
Assumed office
July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
Preceded by Oscar Goodman
First Lady of Las Vegas
In role
June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08) – July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
Mayor Oscar Goodman
Preceded by Dana Blackhurst
Succeeded by Oscar Goodman
Personal details
Born Carolyn Goldmark
(1939-03-25) March 25, 1939 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Other political
Spouse(s) Oscar Goodman (m. 1962)
Children 4
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College (B.A.)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.C.)
Profession Politician
Religion Judaism

Carolyn Goldmark Goodman (born March 25, 1939[1]) is an American politician. She has been 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 Oscar Goodman moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia 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, Goodman greeted President Barack Obama at McCarran International 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]

On July 15, 2015, Goodman endorsed Ruben Kihuen for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. Kihuen defeated incumbent U.S. Representative Cresent Hardy.[10]

On July 20, 2015, Goodman endorsed Joe Heck for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Heck was defeated by Catherine Cortez Masto.[11]

On August 3, 2016, Goodman declined to endorse Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on the 2016 presidential election. Trump defeated Clinton on November 8, 2016.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Carolyn and Oscar Goodman have four children and six grandchildren.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 about Carolyn G Goodman". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Goldberg, Delen (June 7, 2011). "Carolyn Goodman easily wins race for Las Vegas mayor". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed May 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Profile Archived October 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed May 22, 2015.
  5. ^ University of Nevada alumni[permanent dead link],; accessed May 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Strategic Plan" (PDF). The Meadows School. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Certified Candidate List 2011" (PDF). City of Las Vegas. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 3, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2009 Commitment to Education award". United Way of Southern Nevada. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Meeting with President Obama". KTNV. April 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mayor Carolyn Goodman Endorses Joe Heck For Senate". KXNT (AM). Associated Press. July 20, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman endorses Joe Heck for Senate". Las Vegas Sun. Associated Press. July 20, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ Morell, Casey (August 3, 2016). "Carolyn Goodman Rules Out Endorsing Clinton or Trump". KNPR. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ Carolyn Goodman biodata Archived December 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed May 22, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dana Blackhurst
as First Gentleman
First Lady of Las Vegas
June 8, 1999 – July 6, 2011
Succeeded by
Oscar Goodman
as First Gentleman
Preceded by
Oscar Goodman
Mayor of Las Vegas
July 6, 2011 – present
Succeeded by