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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6636

Address: 240 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (504) 288-3777

Address: 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans LA 70122-3501

Gretna LA

Phone: (504) 365-0390

Fax: (504) 483-7944

Address: 200 Derbigny Street, Gretna LA 70053-5876

Baton Rouge LA

Phone: (225) 636-5600

Address: 1520 Thomas Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70802

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Cedric Richmond Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Louisiana 2
  • Born: Sep. 13, 1973, New Orleans
  • Education:

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

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1998-2010.

  • Political Career:

    LA House, 2000-10.

  • 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. Read More

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.

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Cedric Richmond Election Results
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2012 General (Conditional Primary)
Cedric Richmond (D)
Votes: 158,501
Percent: 55.16%
Gary Landrieu (D)
Votes: 71,916
Percent: 25.03%
Dwayne Bailey (R)
Votes: 38,801
Percent: 13.5%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%)
Cedric Richmond Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 63 (L) : 37 (C) 75 (L) : 25 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C)
Social 64 (L) : 35 (C) 70 (L) : 30 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 59 (L) : 41 (C) 75 (L) : 24 (C) 78 (L) : 18 (C)
Composite 62.2 (L) : 37.8 (C) 73.5 (L) : 26.5 (C) 79.2 (L) : 20.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV8671
CFG921
ITIC-75
NTU1216
20112012
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ACLU-92
ACU013
ADA9080
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
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