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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: September 13, 1973, New Orleans

Education: Morehouse Col., B.A. 1995; Tulane U., J.D. 1998.

Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1998-2010.

Ethnicity: Black/African American

Religion: Baptist

Family: Single

Democrat Cedric Richmond, elected in 2010, has formed tight alliances with key senior Congressional Black Caucus members and worked successfully with Louisiana Republicans on obtaining money for the state. He’s also become known for his peerless pitching in the annual congressional charity baseball game.

Richmond grew up in eastern New Orleans. His father died when he was 7 years old, and he was raised by his mother, a public school teacher. In his youth, life revolved around an urban park where he loved to play sports and later, while in high school, coached teams of younger boys. He graduated from Atlanta’s Morehouse College, the nation’s only all-male historically black college, and returned to his hometown to earn a law degree from Tulane University.

Richmond was elected in 2000 to the state House at age 26, becoming the youngest lawmaker in Baton Rouge. He pushed initiatives such as a redevelopment tax credit for weather-damaged areas, funding for playgrounds, and a ban on assault weapons. He also came out strongly against a proposed legislative pay raise in 2008. Richmond ran for New Orleans City Council in 2005 but was ejected from the race for falsifying his qualifying papers when it was determined in court that he didn’t meet the residency requirement to represent the district as he had attested. His law license was later briefly suspended as a result. Despite the controversy, Richmond was reelected to the legislature in 2007.

He decided to run for Congress in 2008, as New Orleans only slowly recovered from Katrina and was represented by a scandal-plagued incumbent, Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat who had been stripped of his committee assignments after being indicted on federal corruption charges. Richmond was one of six Democrats in the contest, and the divided field split the anti-Jefferson vote. Finishing third, Richmond failed to qualify for the runoff, which Jefferson won. Republican Anh “Joseph” Cao then eked out a narrow general election victory over Jefferson, who was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in jail for bribery.

In his two years in office, Cao tried to hold onto the seat by establishing one of the most independent voting records among House Republicans. While he stuck with his party in opposing President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus bill and a measure to limit carbon emissions, he was the lone Republican to join Democrats in supporting the president’s health care legislation in 2009. When the midterm election rolled around, Cao was viewed as extremely vulnerable given the heavily Democratic makeup of the district.

In the August 2010 primary, Richmond beat three other Democrats, taking 60% of the vote. He garnered two-thirds of the ballots cast in heavily black precincts as well as nearly half of those in heavily white areas. On the campaign trail, he reminded voters of Cao’s votes against the stimulus and the final version of the health care bill in 2010. His central message was that he would be a more dependable supporter of Obama’s agenda than Cao, and he was bolstered in September by a public endorsement from Obama, who called him “a leader on hurricane recovery and a fighter for the people of New Orleans.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also helped Richmond tap more campaign funds to catch up to Cao.

Richmond, however, had several problems of his own. In addition to the fallout from his 2005 City Council filing offense, a political group called Louisiana Truth PAC launched a website that highlighted a misdemeanor charge stemming from a 2007 bar fight. Richmond’s response was that he was only trying to defend himself in the fight. Still, Richmond won easily, 65% to 33%.

In the House, Richmond has been a loyal Democrat, on rare occasions departing from the party line in deference to his state’s needs. He belongs to the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition. He supported a transportation bill in April 2012 that a majority of Democrats opposed because it included an extension of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. And Richmond has advocated that more oil royalty payments go to Louisiana and other energy-producing states. Richmond has worked extensively on curbing youth violence and in 2013 was given a seat on the Judiciary Committee. In Washingtonian’s 2012 survey of Capitol Hill aides, he tied for second (with Oklahoma Republican James Langford) in the “surprise standout” category.

When the House is in session, he regularly eats dinner with fellow black Democrats James Clyburn of South Carolina, the assistant minority leader, and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the Homeland Security Committee’s top Democrat. He also is friends with his Bayou State Republican colleague Steve Scalise, with whom he has worked on obtaining more disaster-recovery money and other issues.

In the 2011 congressional baseball game, Richmond, who played at Morehouse, threw a one-hitter and struck out 13, prompting Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to joke on the House floor, “I do want to point out to Mr. Richmond that the congressional salary is $175,000. The major league minimum salary is $350,000, and I know the owner of the (Houston) Astros and the Texas Rangers.” The following year, Richmond led his party to an 18-5 romp, knocking out several hits for good measure and being named the game’s most valuable player.

In post-2010 census redistricting, Louisiana Republicans stretched Richmond’s New Orleans-based district northwest along the Mississippi River into the Baton Rouge area. But it remained a majority-minority district, and Richmond beat four underfunded opponents in 2012 with 55% of the vote.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6636

(202) 225-1988

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 240
Washington, DC 20515-1802

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6636

(202) 225-1988

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 240
Washington, DC 20515-1802

DISTRICT OFFICE

(504) 288-3777

(504) 288-4090

2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 309
New Orleans, LA 70122-3501

DISTRICT OFFICE

(504) 288-3777

(504) 288-4090

2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 309
New Orleans, LA 70122-3501

DISTRICT OFFICE

(504) 365-0390

(504) 483-7944

200 Derbigny Street Suite 3200
Gretna, LA 70053-5876

DISTRICT OFFICE

(504) 365-0390

(504) 483-7944

200 Derbigny Street Suite 3200
Gretna, LA 70053-5876

DISTRICT OFFICE

(225) 636-5600

1520 Thomas Delpit Drive Suite 126
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

DISTRICT OFFICE

(225) 636-5600

1520 Thomas Delpit Drive Suite 126
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

1631 Elysian Fields Suite 150
New Orleans, LA 70116

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

1631 Elysian Fields Suite 150
New Orleans, LA 70116

Staff

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Abortion

Kemah Dennis-Morial
Executive Assistant

Aerospace

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Agriculture

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Animal Rights

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Appropriations

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Arts

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Banking

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Campaign

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Commerce

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Wayne Wright
Small Business Liaison

Crime

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Disability

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Disaster

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Economics

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Education

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Energy

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Environment

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Family

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Finance

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Health

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Housing

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Human Rights

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Immigration

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Judiciary

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Labor

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Land Use

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Medicare

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Military

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Minorities

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Kemah Dennis-Morial
Executive Assistant

National Security

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Public Works

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Religion

Kemah Dennis-Morial
Executive Assistant

Rules

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Science

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Small Business

Joseph Lustig
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Tax

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Technology

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Telecommunications

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Trade

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Transportation

Reginald Babin
Legislative Director

Urban Affairs

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Peter Hunter
Senior Legislative Assistant

Women

Kemah Dennis-Morial
Executive Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Cedric Richmond
Votes: 158,501
Percent: 55.16%
Gary Landrieu
Votes: 71,916
Percent: 25.03%
Dwayne Bailey
Votes: 38,801
Percent: 13.5%
2010 GENERAL
Cedric Richmond
Votes: 83,705
Percent: 64.59%
Anh "Joseph" Cao
Votes: 43,378
Percent: 33.47%
2010 PRIMARY
Cedric Richmond
Votes: 14,678
Percent: 60.5%
Juan LaFonta
Votes: 5,171
Percent: 21.31%
Eugene Green
Votes: 2,500
Percent: 10.3%
Gary Johnson
Votes: 1,914
Percent: 7.89%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%)

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