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A Top Attorney

  • First woman partner in her firm.
  • Established a nationwide reputation as a go-to specialist in high-profile, complex federal litigation.

Leading with Excellence

  • Highly successful first woman Mayor of Columbus, Georgia, the second largest city in Georgia and a minority-majority community of 200,000 people.
  • Resoundingly elected in a competitive field with 68% of the vote. Re-elected with 63%.
  • Named six times to the “100 Most Influential Georgians” list.
  • As Mayor, led Columbus to be rated one of the 25 Best Run Cities in America, reduced crime by 42%, dramatically reduced the unemployment rate, reversed blight, reduced homelessness and improved quality of life.
  • Worked with five commanding Generals and maintains a National Security Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense due to her position as Public Safety Director and Head of Homeland Security.

Success Against the Odds

  • Led the effort that saved her alma mater, Sweet Briar College
  • Helped raise $28.5 million dollars in 110 days
  • Served on the college’s new Board and was elected the Board’s new Chair, where she led the college through reform and restructure. Today, the college thrives.
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