Former South Carolina mayor replaces Bottoms at White House Office of Public Engagement

Stephen Benjamin, the previous mayor of Columbia, S.C., would be the new senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Engagement, changing Keisha Lance Bottoms, the White House introduced on Monday.

Benjamin beforehand served as Columbia’s mayor from 2010 to 2021 and presently sits because the CEO and president of the Benjamin Agency, LLC. As mayor, he served because the president of the U.S. Convention of Mayors from 2018 to 2019 and the president of the African American Mayors Affiliation from 2015 to 2016.


“Mayor Benjamin is a longtime public servant, who has served the folks of South Carolina for over twenty years statewide and as a three-term mayor of Columbia,” President Joe Biden stated in a press release. “As a former President of each the U.S. Convention of Mayors and the African American Mayors Affiliation, Steve’s deep relationships with communities throughout the nation will serve our Administration and the American public properly.”

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