Lottie Shackelford served as mayor of Little Rock from January 1987 until December 1988. She was Little Rock’s 68th mayor and the first woman to serve in that capacity. She was first appointed to the Little Rock Board of Directors in September 1978 to fill an unexpired term. She later was elected in her own right and served until December 1992. She was the first African American woman to ever serve on a governing body for the City of Little Rock.
She later served two terms on the Little Rock Airport Commission. She also served as Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1989 until 2014. She is the longest serving vice chair of the party. She has been a delegate to every Democratic National Convention since 1980.
In recognition of all of her achievements, she has been included in the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame.