New Members 2010 - Louisiana

House 02

House 03


Date of birth: Sept. 13, 1973
Birthplace: New Orleans
Residence: New Orleans
Occupation: Lawyer, public official since 2000
Education: B.A., Morehouse College; J.D., Tulane University Law School
Previous office held: State representative

After eight years in the state legislature, Cedric Richmond made his first run for Congress in 2008 against scandal-tainted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).

Richmond competed in the hurricane-delayed Democratic primary against Jefferson and five other candidates. Despite bribery charges looming over Jefferson, his rivals split the Democratic vote so the incumbent won. Jefferson lost to now-Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.) in the general election that year.

Richmond declared his intention to run again in June. He beat four others for the right to face Cao.

Richmond grew up on the east side of New Orleans and knows the community well. During his 2010 primary campaign, he was a frequent guest at African-American churches on Sunday mornings. Outside of politics, Richmond coaches high-school baseball and basketball.


Date of birth: Dec. 23, 1970
Birthplace: St. Martinville, La.
Residence: New Iberia, La.
Occupation: Attorney, small-businessman
Education: B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana; J.D., Loyola Law School
Previous office held: None
Family: Wife, Sharon; one child

Jeff Landry ran a small business servicing the oil and gas industry before getting a law degree and transitioning into politics. Earlier, he had made a run for the state Senate before getting a job as an aide in the state’s upper chamber. But with several Republicans shying away from taking a shot at the 3rd district because it’s expected to disappear following redistricting next year, Landry saw his chance to make a run for Congress.

Landry finished atop the field in the Republican primary but failed to break 50 percent by a fraction of a percent. He ended up in a runoff with Republican Hunt Downer, who accused him of being pro-choice. The accusation didn’t stick, and he ultimately brushed Downer aside.

One scuffle that resonated was over the Landry campaign’s biographical material, which addressed his military record. His website described him as a “veteran of Desert Storm.” Landry has served in the Louisiana National Guard for more than a decade, including a stint on active duty during the U.S effort in Kuwait during 1989-90, but he remained stateside throughout the conflict.