Oscar B. Goodman
Mayor > City of Las Vegas
He is brutally honest and not afraid to speak his mind. Whatever you say about Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, no one can doubt his love for the Las Vegas community and his desire to make it even better.
When he ran for mayor in 1999, most said he could never win. The local newspaper headline read “Anybody but Oscar.” But residents embraced Goodman’s no-nonsense, tell it like it is style, and elected him in a landslide. In April 2003, Goodman captured 86 percent of the vote to win a second four-year term, one of the largest margins of victory ever for a large-city mayor.
Mayor Goodman also serves as chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, tirelessly working to promote the city as an enticing destination. He started OPAC, Oscar’s Political Action Committee, to promote and protect the interests of Las Vegas. His first action was to donate $50,000 to Keep Memory Alive, the foundation for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.
Mayor Goodman is leading downtown's revitalization, which is evolving into a vibrant place for living, working, entertainment and art. Union Park, a 61-acre planned development, will include the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute; a 350,000 square-foot performing arts center; residential units; and business and retail opportunities. Bounding Union Park are the World Market Center and Chelsea Properties mall. The World Market Center is a state-of-the-art facility that will host trade shows for home furnishings. When completed, the eight-building complex will exceed 12 million square feet. The Chelsea Properties discount mall is the most successful of its kind (based on income per square foot).
There are almost 18,000 living spaces planned for construction downtown, and Goodman led the push for the city to acquire a beautiful historic building (currently the U.S. Post Office) that will house the Museum of Las Vegas. Beyond downtown, casinos and hotels are being renovated and expanded, transforming Las Vegas once again.
Goodman earned his bachelor’s degree from Haverford and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He came to Las Vegas in 1964 and established a successful law practice. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America,” and his exploits were the subject of a British documentary, Mob Law. He also played himself in the movie Casino.