Kasim Reed

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kasim Reed
Kasim Reed.jpg
Mayor of Atlanta
Incumbent
In office
January 4, 2010-Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 5
Compensation
Base salary$184,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2013
First elected2009
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia State Senate
District 35
2002 - 2010
Georgia House of Representatives
1998-2002
Education
Bachelor'sHoward University (1991)
J.D.Howard University (1995)
Personal
Date of birthJune 10, 1969
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kasim Reed (b. June 10, 1969) is the current Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. He was first elected in 2009. Before becoming mayor, Reed served in the Georgia State Senate, representing District 35 from 2002 to 2010, and in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.[1]

Biography

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.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Reed's academic, professional and political career:[1][2]

Controversies

Fire Chief

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.[3]

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."[4]

On January 7, 2015, Cochran told The GA Voice that he is contemplating taking legal action against the city.[5]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Kasim + Reed + Atlanta.

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Kasim Reed news feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References

Political offices
Preceded by
-
Mayor of Atlanta
2010-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
'
Georgia State Senate - District 35
2002–2009
Succeeded by
Donzella James (D)