‘Deeply honored:’ Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms set to join the Biden Administration

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has accepted a position to serve as a senior aide in President Joe Biden’s Administration.

Bottoms will replace Cedric Richmond, who served as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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In taking over for Richmond, Bottoms will be tasked with advancing the president’s agenda, while convincing party leaders the Biden Administration’s approach is the path leading to the best possible outcomes for the Democratic Party going forward.

Bottoms issued a statement about her appointment exclusively to Channel 2 Action News saying,

“I am deeply honored that President Joe Biden has entrusted me to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Public Engagement. As we continue to navigate historic global challenges, it remains important to have a diversity of thought and experiences within the White House. I am looking forward to helping continue the impactful work that is being done on behalf of the American people.”

Bottoms, the second Black woman to lead Atlanta, was first elected in 2017, beating then-Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood after the election went into a runoff.


Bottoms previously served as the executive director of the Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority under her predecessor, Kasim Reed.

In February, she announced she would join CNN as a political commentator after deciding not to pursue a second term as mayor.

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It is unclear when she will start her new role, but told Axios most of her time would be spent in Washington, D.C. while her family would remain in Atlanta.