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Keisha Lance Bottoms
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60th Mayor of Atlanta
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded by Kasim Reed
Member of the Atlanta City Council
from the 11th district
In office
January 4, 2010 – January 2, 2018
Preceded by Jim Maddox
Succeeded by Marci Collier Overstreet
Personal details
Born Keisha Lance
(1970-01-18) January 18, 1970 (age 48)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Derek W. Bottoms
Children 4
Relatives Major Lance (Father)
Education Florida A&M University (BA)
Georgia State University (JD)
Website Official website

Keisha Lance Bottoms (born January 18, 1970)[1] is an American politician and lawyer. Bottoms is Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to becoming mayor, she was a member of the Atlanta City Council, representing part of Southwest Atlanta.[2]

Early life and education

Bottoms' father was R&B singer-songwriter Major Lance.[3]

Bottoms is a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School (Atlanta), Florida A&M University, and Georgia State University College of Law.[4]

Career

She was elected as mayor in 2017, after receiving the most votes (26 percent) in a crowded field of candidates on Election Day then defeating fellow City Council member Mary Norwood in a runoff.[5][6]

Bottoms was investigated during the mayoral election for several lump payments to campaign staff totaling over $180,000 that were not properly reported, according to state law.[7] During her campaign, In October 2017, she voluntarily returned $25,700 in campaign contributions she had received from PRAD Group, an engineering firm whose office had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the previous month.[8] On November 4, 2017, she called on the Attorney General of Georgia to investigate fake robocalls made in her name, which her campaign said were laden with racist overtones and were made primarily in white neighborhoods of Atlanta.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Atlanta City Council - Regular Meeting - Jan 19, 2016" (PDF). atlantaga.gov. p. 73. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Class Actions". College of Law. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  3. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms". Keisha Lance Bottoms. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms for Atlanta Mayor". Keisha Lance Bottoms. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  5. ^ FOX. "Bottoms, Norwood in runoff for Atlanta mayor". WAGA. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  6. ^ Gehlbach, Steve (2017-12-21). "Mary Norwood concedes defeat in Atlanta mayoral race". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  7. ^ Deere, Stephen; Klepal, Dan. "Atlanta mayoral race: Bottoms campaign disclosures under scrutiny". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  8. ^ "Atlanta mayoral candidate to return donation from embattled contractor". myajc. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  9. ^ "Lance Bottoms calls on Attorney General to investigate fake robocalls days ahead of election". WXIA. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2017-11-07.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kasim Reed
Mayor of Atlanta
2018–present
Incumbent