Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms Council District 11
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Keisha Lance Bottoms represents a large part of the Southwest Atlanta community as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Since being sworn into office on January 4, 2010, Councilmember Bottoms has sponsored legislation that has addressed the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. This sweeping legislation has helped grow the city’s reserves from $7.4 million to more than $100 million, in under three years. She has also authored the toughest Panhandling legislation in the history of the city.
Councilmember Bottoms has worked with colleagues to achieve the goal of 2,000 officers within the Atlanta Police force, as well as to successfully balance the City’s budget each year during her time on Council, without increasing taxes. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has served as Chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee. During her term as Vice-Chair of the city’s Transportation Committee, the Maynard H. Jackson International terminal at Hartsfield Jackson Airport opened, solidifying Hartsfield Jackson’s place as the busiest airport in the world.
Councilmember Bottoms maintains a private law practice, and has served as General Counsel for a multi-million dollar business, as well as a Judge (Pro Hoc) in Fulton County State Court. She has worked as a legal analyst and reporter for various media outlets and has served as a guest speaker and panelist during numerous events, speaking on a variety of topics, including, law, community engagement, and public policy.
Councilmember Bottoms has volunteered with numerous community organizations and currently serves on the boards of Families First, The Children’s School, the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, and is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights - Women’s Solidarity Society. She has previously served on the Boards of the YWCA of Atlanta, CURE for Childhood Cancer, the Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force, and as a trustee of Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Councilmember Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Councilwoman Bottoms is the daughter of the late Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, Florida A&M University, Magna Cum Laude, and Georgia State University College of Law, Councilmember Bottoms and her husband Derek W. Bottoms, are both natives of Atlanta. Her greatest honor is being the mother of four wonderful children.