At­lanta's Mayor Keisha Bot­toms to speak at FMU com­mence­ment

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

The sec­ond woman and the six­ti­eth mayor of the city of At­lanta, Keisha Lance Bot­toms, will re­ceive an hon­orary doc­tor­ate from Florida Me­mo­rial Univer­sity on Satur­day, May 12 when she ad­dresses the grad­u­at­ing class as its com­mence­ment speaker.

Mayor Bot­toms’ plat­form in­cludes plans to cre­ate safe com­mu­ni­ties, ex­pand ac­cess to pub­lic tran­sit, de­velop op­por­tu­ni­ties for jobs and eco­nomic growth and ad­vo­cate for high qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

Prior to her elec­tion, Mayor Bot­toms served as Coun­cilmem­ber of Dis­trict 11. For nearly eight years, she rep­re­sented a large por­tion of the his­toric South­west At­lanta com­mu­nity. Dur­ing her ten­ure on the coun­cil, Bot­toms spon­sored ground­break­ing leg­is­la­tion that ad­dressed the City’s $1.5 bil­lion un­funded pen­sion li­a­bil­ity and helped grow the City’s re­serves from $7.4 mil­lion to over $170 mil­lion. She also au­thored the tough­est pan­han­dling leg­is­la­tion in the his­tory of At­lanta, which com­bines em­pa­thy with en­force­ment, and has re­sulted in of­fend­ers re­ceiv­ing of­ten needed so­cial ser­vices to help break the cy­cle of re­cidi­vism.

Mayor Bot­toms worked with her for­mer col­leagues on the City Coun­cil to achieve the goal of 2,000 of­fi­cers within the At­lanta Po­lice force and to suc­cess­fully bal­ance the City’s an­nual bud­get with­out in­creas­ing taxes. Dur­ing her term as Vice-Chair of the City’s Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee, the City opened the May­nard H. Jack­son International Ter­mi­nal at Harts­field-Jack­son At­lanta International Air­port, so­lid­i­fy­ing Harts­field-Jack­son’s place as the world’s busiest and what many call the most ef­fi­cient air­port.

Mayor 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 Chap­ter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity, Inc.

A grad­u­ate of Florida A&M Univer­sity, Bot­toms re­ceived a law de­gree from Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity Col­lege of Law. In ad­di­tion to her pub­lic ser­vice ca­reer, Mayor Bot­toms has main­tained a pri­vate law prac­tice for more than 20 years and has served as Gen­eral Coun­sel for a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar busi­ness, as well as a Judge (Pro Hoc) in Ful­ton County State Court.

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Mayor Keisha Bot­toms

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