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|Mayor of Atlanta|
|January 4, 2010-Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Georgia State Senate|
|2002 - 2010|
|Georgia House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Howard University (1991)|
|J.D.||Howard University (1995)|
|Date of birth||June 10, 1969|
Reed earned his B.A. and J.D. from Howard University. His professional experience includes working for the litigation practice of Holland and Knight LLP. He was appointed to the Howard University Board of Trustees in 2002.
- 2010-Present: Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
- 2002-2010: Member of the Georgia State Senate
- 1998-2002: Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
- 1995: Earned his J.D. from Howard University
- 1991: Earned his B.A. from Howard University
On November 24, 2014, Reed placed Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran on a 30-day unpaid suspension for violating the city's Standards of Conduct after Cochran self-published a book that several city employees and LGBT advocacy groups claimed contained passages offensive to homosexuality, Judaism and women. In reaction to Cochran's suspension, conservative and religious liberty groups sharply criticized Reed's decision, arguing that the mayor punished Cochran for his religious beliefs.
Following Cochran's return to work on January 6, 2015, Reed held a press conference to announce that he was firing Cochran, saying, "I want to make my position and the city of Atlanta’s position crystal clear. The city’s nondiscrimination policy … really unequivocally states that we will not discriminate." Reed also responded to accusations that he fired Cochran for his religious beliefs: "Let’s stop trying to make this about religious freedom, when it’s about making sure we have an environment in government where everyone, no matter who they love … can do their job and go home without fear of being discriminated against. That’s what this is about."
On January 7, 2015, Cochran told The GA Voice that he is contemplating taking legal action against the city. He filed a religious discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on January 23. Less than a month later, a faith-based nonprofit called the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Reed.
Reed responded to the lawsuits, as well as to the concerns of Georgia and Atlanta lawmakers, by saying, "I appreciate your concerns, and would share them if the decision to terminate Kelvin Cochran from his former position as the Chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department had been on his religious views or the expression of those views in his capacity as a private citizen ... Please rest assured that the city of Atlanta remains a place where all people — including those who share Mr. Cochran’s beliefs — are equally valued and respected. Religious beliefs, however, cannot shield any employee from the consequences of poor judgment and insubordination."
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- Office of the Mayor website
- Official campaign website
- Political Summary from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Social Media
- City of Atlatna, "Meet the Mayor," accessed April 22, 2014
- Georgia State Senate, "Senator Kasim Reed (Archived)," accessed August 4, 2014
- The GA Voice, "Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ousts anti-gay fire chief," January 6, 2015
- Atlanta Daily World, "Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fires fire chief for anti-gay book," January 7, 2015
- The GA Voice, "Former Atlanta fire chief considers suing city over termination," January 7, 2015
- The New Pittsburgh Courier, "Kasim Reed responds to concerns over fire chief’s firing," February 20, 2015
|Mayor of Atlanta
| Succeeded by|
|Georgia State Senate - District 35
| Succeeded by|
Donzella James (D)
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