*Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has two reasons to be happy.
The mayor’s office confirmed the birth of Maria Kristan Reed, who was born Thursday at an Atlanta hospital.
“Today, Sarah-Elizabeth Reed and I are blessed to announce the birth of our first child, Maria Kristan Reed,” Reed said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday. ‘I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received from our family and friends. This is truly the happiest moment of my life. As we celebrate our daughter’s birth, we ask that you continue to respect the privacy of our growing family.”
News of Reed’s marriage officially closes the book on singlehood for a man who was considered to be one of Atlanta’s most eligible bachelors. In March, the popular politician announced his engagement to Langford via a statement.
“I could not feel more blessed that she agreed to marry me, and we look forward to building a family together in the greatest city in America,” Reed said. “I am honored to have our friends and family share this special moment with us and I ask that our privacy is respected as we celebrate this personal occasion.”
Although it’s unclear when Reed and Langford first hooked up, a picture the couple took with Usher in 2008 as well as a 2012 report from Straight From the A mentioning that the 44-year-old mayor and his 33-year-old future wife had ‘been on for most of 2011’ provides evidence of a relationship.
Langford, a developer and graduate of the University of Michigan and Howard University School of Law, is the daughter of former Atlanta city attorney Susan Pease Langford. She is best known for her time as a beauty queen contestant, which included winning the Miss District of Columbia title in 2005.