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Carolyn Goodman (politician)

Carolyn Goldmark Goodman (born March 25, 1939[1]) is an American politician. She has been the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada since 2011.[2] She is the wife of former mayor and attorney Oscar Goodman,[2] and the second female mayor of Las Vegas, after Jan Laverty Jones.

Carolyn Goodman
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Goodman in 2015
22nd Mayor of Las Vegas
Assumed office
July 6, 2011
Preceded byOscar Goodman
Personal details
Carolyn Goldmark

(1939-03-25) March 25, 1939 (age 80)
New York, New York, U.S.
Political partyNon Partisan (2009–present)
Other political
Democratic (1985–2009)
Oscar Goodman (m. 1962)
Children4, including Ross
EducationBryn Mawr College (BA)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (MS)

Due to the changes to the law regarding all elections here statewide by the Nevada Legislature and Governor Steve Sisolak (a Democrat), Goodman is not eligible to run for re-election in 2024 due to term limits effectively extending the mayoral term to 5 years.[3][4]


Goodman earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1961.[5] Carolyn and Oscar Goodman moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964.[6] She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1973 with a master's degree in counseling.[7]


Goodman is the founder, president and trustee emeritus of The Meadows School.[8] Goodman and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1964 and soon became active in the local Jewish federation.[9] Eventually, Carolyn became the leader of the local Jewish federation's women's division, a position she held for several years.[9] On June 7, 2011, she was elected Mayor of Las Vegas with 60 percent of the vote; she assumed office on July 6, 2011.[2][10] She was first re-elected in 2015, and in April 2019 was re-elected again to a third (and, due to term limits, final) term, winning 83.5 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.[11].

She received the 2009 Commitment to Education award from the United Way of Southern Nevada.[12]

On October 24, 2011, Goodman greeted President Barack Obama at McCarran International Airport. In regard to negative remarks President Obama made about Las Vegas two years earlier that had angered Goodman's husband Oscar, the previous mayor, she told Obama that "the slate is brand new and clean", and gave him one of her lucky mayor chips as a gift.[13]

On July 15, 2015, Goodman endorsed Ruben Kihuen for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. Kihuen defeated incumbent U.S. Representative Cresent Hardy.[14] Days later, she endorsed Joe Heck for the U.S. Senate in 2016.[15] On August 3, 2016, Goodman declined to endorse Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[16]

During her tenure as mayor, Goodman tried to promote Las Vegas as a home for professional sports teams. The Vegas Golden Knights began playing professional hockey in the 2017-2018 season and the Oakland Raiders announced their relocation to Las Vegas beginning in 2020.[17] Goodman attempted to lure a soccer team to Las Vegas several times, including bids for a Major League Soccer expansion team, and ultimately got a second-division team, the Las Vegas Lights FC of the United Soccer League, which began playing in 2018.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Goodman's husband is Oscar Goodman. They have four children (including Ross) and six grandchildren.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 about Carolyn G Goodman". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Goldberg, Delen (June 7, 2011). "Carolyn Goodman easily wins race for Las Vegas mayor". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
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  5. ^ Profile,; accessed May 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Profile Archived October 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 22, 2015.
  7. ^ University of Nevada alumni[permanent dead link],; accessed May 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Strategic Plan" (PDF). The Meadows School. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Certified Candidate List 2011" (PDF). City of Las Vegas. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 3, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Wilson, Miranda (April 2, 2019). "Carolyn Goodman wins her third and final term as Las Vegas mayor". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, Nevada. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "2009 Commitment to Education award". United Way of Southern Nevada. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  13. ^ "Meeting with President Obama". KTNV. April 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mayor Carolyn Goodman Endorses Joe Heck For Senate". KXNT (AM). Associated Press. July 20, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman endorses Joe Heck for Senate". Las Vegas Sun. Associated Press. July 20, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  16. ^ Morell, Casey (August 3, 2016). "Carolyn Goodman Rules Out Endorsing Clinton or Trump". KNPR. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  17. ^ Brewer, Ray (February 12, 2018). "Carolyn Goodman was right — Las Vegas is a great spot for major league sports". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Munks, Jamie (August 9, 2017). "Dignitaries to make announcement about Las Vegas soccer team". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Carolyn Goodman biodata Archived December 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 22, 2015.

External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Oscar Goodman
Mayor of Las Vegas