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Keisha Lance Bottoms
|60th Mayor of Atlanta|
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2018
|Preceded by||Kasim Reed|
|Member of the Atlanta City Council|
from the 11th district
January 4, 2010 – January 2, 2018
|Preceded by||Jim Maddox|
|Succeeded by||Marci Collier Overstreet|
January 18, 1970
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||Florida A&M University (BA)|
Georgia State University (JD)
Keisha Lance Bottoms (born January 18, 1970) is an American politician and lawyer who is the 60th and current Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. She was elected mayor in 2017. Prior to becoming mayor, she was a member of the Atlanta City Council, representing part of Southwest Atlanta.
She was elected as mayor in 2017, after receiving a plurality of votes (26%) in a crowded field of candidates on Election Day, then defeating fellow City Council member Mary Norwood in the subsequent runoff election.
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. In October 2017, she voluntarily returned $25,700 in campaign contributions she had received from PRAD Group, an engineering contractor whose office had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the previous month. 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.
The Atlanta Mayor declared the city was a “welcoming city” and “will remain open and welcoming to all” following President Trump's actions regarding refugees. In July 2019, Bottoms said: "Our city does not support ICE. We don't have a relationship with the U.S. Marshal[s] Service. We closed our detention center to ICE detainees, and we would not pick up people on an immigration violation."
In June 2019, Bottoms announced her endorsement of Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. In March 2020, Politico reported her as a possible Vice Presidential pick for Biden.
| Mayor of Atlanta