Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D)reportedly is emerging as a strong candidate to be former Vice President Biden’s running mate.
A product of Atlanta Public Schools, Mayor Bottoms graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law. An active member of the community, Mayor Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has also served on the board of Families First and shares her personal story of adoption and advocates on behalf of adoption and foster care.
Mayor Bottoms is the daughter of Sylvia Robinson and R&B icon Major Lance. She resides in historic Southwest Atlanta with her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, their four children- Lance, Langston, Lennox and Lincoln, and their family dog, Logan.
Mayor Bottoms has been outspoken about the Pandemic response and the recent incidents of Racism and police brutality.Bottoms, She was applauded for her May 29 speech where she stated “ my complete focus has been on our streets the last few days,”-she pleaded with Atlanta protesters to go home and use their anger to enact change through voting. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt,” she said, addressing the thousands who took to the streets of Atlanta in response to Floyd’s killing. “And, yesterday, when I heard there were rumors about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do. I called my son and I said, ‘Where are you?’ I said, ‘I cannot protect you, and black boys shouldn’t be out today.’ So you aren’t going to out-concern me and out-care about where we are in America. I wear this each and every day. And I pray over our children each and every day.”
Bottoms, the first big-city mayor to endorse Biden, volunteered for him in Iowa and has been an advocate for him throughout his campaign.(atlantaga.gov)