Born: January 30, 1944, in Washington, D.C.
Education: B.A., 1965, Howard University, Washington, D.C.; J.D., 1968, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Position: House counsel, Joint Center for Political Studies, Washington, D.C., 1970-1971; attorney, Pratt and Queen, Washington, D.C., 1971-1976; professor, Antioch School of Law, 1972-1976; associate general counsel, Potomac Electric Power Co. (PEPCO), Washington, D.C., 1976-1979; director of consumer affairs, PEPCO, 1979-1983; vice president, PEPCO, 1983-1986; national treasurer, Democratic National Committee, 1985-1989; vice president of public policy, PEPCO, 1986-1990; mayor, Washington, D.C., 1991-1995; fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995; author, 1995--
Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly was born Sharon Pratt on January 30, 1944, in Washington, D.C. When she was four years old, her mother, Mildred Pratt, died. Her father, Carlisle Pratt, took Kelly and her older sister Benaree to live with his mother and sister. Carlisle Pratt was a former superior court judge in Washington and his own career as an attorney proved to be an inspiration to Kelly who, even as a child, knew she wished to follow in his footsteps. When she was still in elementary school, he gave her a copy of Black Law Dictionary as a birthday present.