Born on June 10, 1969
Political Info
Current Office
Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Democratic Party
Atlanta, GA
Dad, husband, 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta.
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About Me
Mayor Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the City of Atlanta’s 59th Mayor on January 4, 2010. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has worked to improve public safety, cr...eate new opportunity for the City’s youth, restore fiscal stability to the City and provide faster and more efficient customer service to residents.

Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was first elected in 1998 as a State Representative and served two terms. From 2002-2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and a member of the Judiciary Committee; Higher Education Committee; Ethics Committee; Transportation Committee; and State and Local Government Operations Committee.

Mayor Reed has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to civic engagement and leadership at every stage in his life. As an undergraduate member of Howard University's Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program entitled the "Independence Initiative," which helped higher education "stand up to adversity," according to The New York Times. Since its inception, this initiative has contributed more than $10 million to Howard University's endowment. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mayor Reed is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000 and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998. He was named to the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007 and is a former Board Member of both the National Black Arts Festival and Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

Mayor Reed's civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized in publications such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ebony and Black Enterprise. He was selected as one of Georgia Trend’s "40 under 40 Rising Stars" in 2001, as one of the Fulton County Daily Report's "Lawyers on the Rise," and as one of "10 Outstanding Atlantans" by Outstanding Atlanta.

Mayor Reed grew up in the Cascade community of Atlanta, where he attended Utoy Springs Elementary School and Westwood High School (now Westlake High School). He is a graduate of Howard University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees. He is a former partner in the Litigation practice of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm with offices in Atlanta, where he specialized in entertainment law. Mayor Reed is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.

Mayor Reed enjoys attending sports events, following politics and reading. Some favorite books include “Master of the Senate” by Robert Caro and “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” by Frederick Douglass. He likes playing golf with his father, Junius Reed, and calls his mother, Sylvia Reed, his “best friend.” He also enjoys spending time with his three older brothers: Chuck, Carlton and Tracy. Mayor Reed is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church.
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