Cheri Bryant Hamilton was elected to the first Louisville Metro Council in November 2002. She was re-elected to a second term in November of 2006. Previously, she served on the Louisville Board of Aldermen representing the city’s Twelfth Ward since February 2000. She has long been active in education, youth, and civic organizations throughout the community.
Councilwoman Hamilton was formerly the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, a position to which she was elected eight consecutive terms by members of the Board. A graduate of Loretto High School, she received her bachelor of arts degree from Fisk University and her juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She previously worked in city government as a legislative assistant, and as the city's Affirmative Action Monitor, Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator and Legal Assistant to the Director of Law.
Prior to returning to local government, she worked as a Program Coordinator with the Adult Education division of the Jefferson County Public Schools; coordinated the Displaced Homemaker/Single Parent Program; wrote grants for the school district which provided education and job training for the homeless; and coordinated workplace education programs in local companies. In addition, she was a principal assistant with the Kentucky Commission on Women under former Gov. Martha Layne Collins’ administration.
Long active in democratic politics, Councilwoman Hamilton has served on local, state and national democratic leadership committees and was the first Majority Leader of the Democratic Caucus of Louisville’s new Metro Council. She has been a delegate to three Democratic National Conventions; served on the local Democratic Executive Committee; chaired the state Democratic Party's Executive Affirmative Action Committee; served as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee and the Executive Committee of the Kentucky Democratic Party. She is a charter member of the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) and the Louisville Democratic Women’s Caucus. She is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials (NBC-LEO).
Councilwoman Hamilton has been an active member of the Jefferson County Adult Education and Advisory Council, Chickasaw Federation; West Louisville Economic Alliance Advisory Committee; Shawnee Neighborhood Association; Louisville Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; and Delta Sigma Sorority. She has received many honors. She was recognized as a “Champion for Children” by the Jefferson County Public Schools, an “Unsung Heroine” by the Louisville Chapter of The Links, Inc.; received the Rev. Bob Burks Humanitarian Award, the Professional Achievement Award by the Louisville Defender, the NAACP Voter Empowerment Award, the SGI-USA Humanitarian Award. The Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition Reverend William E. Summers III Community Service Award, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Certificate of Recognition, The Yearlings Club Inc. Community Service Award and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Louisville Alumnae Chapter Award for Exemplary Public Service.
She organized a District 5 Youth Advisory Council for young people to discuss issues impacting them and how they can affect change in their community and provide community service to their neighborhood; the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee and a West Louisville Crime Prevention Council with representatives from the Shawnee, Chickasaw and Russell Neighborhoods.
She is currently Chair of the Appropriations NDF's & CIF's Committee and a member of the Budget Committees and Ad Hoc Committee on Vacant Property. She has in the past chaired the Council’s Budget, Appropriations and Government administration committees.
As a Metro Council representative, Hamilton fought to toughen the animal control ordinance regarding dangerous dogs; mobilized her community to vote four precincts dry to prohibit alcohol sales and reduce crime in the Shawnee neighborhood; secured a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for a five year “Weed and Seed” program in Shawnee to prevent crime and revitalize the neighborhood; which has drastically reduced crime, opened a West Market LMPD Sub Station, begun a Police Youth Outreach program and host Back to school events and Youth Summits. She formed a resident-based West Market Street Advisory Committee to develop recommendations to revitalize and beautify the commercial corridor and recently secured $1 million in the Metro Budget to begin implementation of phase 1 of the plan. In August, Hamilton sponsors an “Outdoor Free Family Film Festival” in Shawnee and Portland Parks for area residents, and in September an annual Community Celebration to recognize district volunteers as Molly Leonard Community Service award recipients. She is a longtime supporter of the Portland Little League of West Louisville Sports and spearheaded the successful return of “The Dirt Bowl Basketball Tournament” to Shawnee Park so that area young people would have constructive social, leisure and recreational activities during the summer.
A life long resident of West Louisville, Councilwoman Hamilton lives in the Chickasaw Neighborhood of the West End and has two children, Victoria and William III