Keisha Lance Bottoms

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Keisha Lance Bottoms (born January 18, 1970)[1][2] is an American politician and lawyer who is the mayor-elect of Atlanta, Georgia and has been a member of the Atlanta City Council since January 4, 2010, representing part of Southwest Atlanta.[3]

In 2017, she was a candidate in the Atlanta mayoral election,[4] in which she finished in first place, with 26 percent of the vote. Because she received less than a majority of the vote, as required for an outright win, she faced and defeated the runner-up, Mary Norwood, in a runoff election that occurred on December 5, 2017.[5][6]

Keisha Lance Bottoms
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Mayor of Atlanta
Taking office
January 4, 2018
Succeeding Kasim Reed
Member of the Atlanta City Council
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2010
Preceded by Jim Maddox
Succeeded by Marci Collier Overstreet (elect)
Personal details
Born Keisha Lance
January 18, 1970 (age 47)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Derek W. Bottoms
Children 4
Education Florida A&M University (BA)
Georgia State University (JD)
Website Official website

Political career

2017 mayoral election

Bottoms announced she was running for mayor of Atlanta on October 25, 2016.[7] She was among 12 candidates vying to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Bottoms during the general election.

She finished first in the general election on November 7, 2017 with 26 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Mary Norwood, finished second and the two were forced into a runoff election on December 5, 2017.

During the runoff election, Bottoms received several high level endorsements from members of the Democratic Party, including support from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Former U.N. Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans, former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, Georgia State Senators Jason Carter and Elena Parent, and Georgia State Representatives David Dreyer and Pat Gardner. Bottoms also was endorsed by a host of celebrities, including Atlanta natives T.I. and Killer Mike.

On December 5, 2017, Bottoms defeated Norwood in the runoff election by 759 votes. [8] Upon taking office in January, 2018, Bottoms will be the first native-born resident of Atlanta to serve as mayor since Sam Massell, and only the second female to lead to the city.

Campaign ethics

Bottoms has never been in violation of any formal ethics standards. 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.[9] 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.[10]

Personal life

Bottoms' father was R&B singer-songwriter Major Lance.[11]

Bottoms is a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School (Atlanta), Florida A&M University, and Georgia State University College of Law.[12]


  1. ^ "Atlanta City Council - Regular Meeting - Jan 19, 2016" (PDF). p. 73. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ The Associated Press. "The Latest: Atlanta mayor's race too close to call". National Post. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Class Actions". College of Law. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  4. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  5. ^ FOX. "Bottoms, Norwood in runoff for Atlanta mayor". WAGA. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  6. ^ Darnell, Tim (2017-11-08). "Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mary Norwood headed for runoff". WXIA. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  7. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms running for Atlanta mayor". Keisha Lance Bottoms. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  8. ^ "Bottoms, Norwood in runoff for Atlanta mayor". Fox News. November 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Atlanta mayoral candidate to return donation from embattled contractor". myajc. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  10. ^ "Lance Bottoms calls on Attorney General to investigate fake robocalls days ahead of election". WXIA. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms for Atlanta Mayor". Keisha Lance Bottoms. Retrieved 2017-11-08.

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