Oscar B. Goodman
Former Mayor, City of Las Vegas
The 19th mayor of the city of Las Vegas, Oscar B. Goodman, was re-elected for a third four-year term in April 2007. Goodman was term limited after 12 years of service. He swore in his wife, the 20th mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn G. Goodman, on July 6, 2011. His trademark, no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is style helped him capture 86 percent of the vote during his re-election efforts. Passionate about downtown revitalization, Oscar Goodman is the primary visionary of The Mob Museum that is one of the city’s major downtown redevelopment projects and is expected to become an economic driver for decades to come. As former chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Oscar Goodman worked feverishly to promote Las Vegas as one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Today, he is still formally engaged with the LVCVA, promoting Las Vegas as the city’s official ambassador.
This self-proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe,” Oscar Goodman is one of the nation’s best criminal defense attorneys and was named one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He spent more than 35 years defending some of the most notorious alleged Mob figures, including Meyer Lansky, Frank Rosenthal, Anthony Spilotro and others. In 1995, he appeared as himself in the movie, “Casino.”
In June 2008, Oscar Goodman was presented with the 2008 Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the United States Conference of Mayors’ 76th annual meeting. The award honors elected officials and artists or arts organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. In July 2009, Oscar Goodman was honored by the International Economic Development Council with its 2009 Leadership Award for Public Service. The award recognizes the many and significant economic advances in Las Vegas made under Oscar Goodman’s watch over the past 10 years. He served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.