Mitch Landrieu

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Mitchell Joseph Landrieu


Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
In office
May 3, 2010 – May 7, 2018
Preceded by Ray Nagin
Succeeded by LaToya Cantrell

51st Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 11, 2004 – May 3, 2010
Preceded by Kathleen Blanco
Succeeded by Scott Angelle

Louisiana State Representative for District 90 (Orleans Parish)
In office
1992–2004
Preceded by James St. Raymond
Succeeded by Timothy Gerard "Tim" Burns

Louisiana State Repesentative for District 89 (Orleans Parish)
In office
1988–1992
Preceded by Mary Landrieu (sister)
Succeeded by Matthew Peter "Pete" Schneider, III

Born August 16, 1960
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Cheryl Quirk Landrieu
Occupation Attorney; Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Mitchell Joseph Landrieu, known as Mitch Landrieu (born August 16, 1960),[1] is a former two-term liberal mayor of his native New Orleans, Louisiana.

He was formerly a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the lieutenant governor of Louisiana.[2] He is a member of the Democrat Landrieu family. His father, Maurice Edwin Landrieu, known as Moon Landrieu, was the mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978 and a member of the Cabinet of U.S. President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1981. His sister, Mary Landrieu, is a former Louisiana state representative and state treasurer who was a member of the United States Senate from 1997 to 2015. She is now a lobbyist.

Mitch Landrieu has a law degree from Roman Catholic-affiliated Loyola University in New Orleans. He made an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 1994, then was elected lieutenant governor under Kathleen Blanco in 2003 and made another unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2006 against fellow Democrat Ray Nagin. He won the position, however, in 2010 and 2014, and is currently term-limited.

He was involved in the filming of the leftist African-American Spike Lee's propaganda piece, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.[3]

In the spring of 2017, Landrieu spent much of his political capital physically removing four monuments to the Confederate States of America from downtown New Orleans. For targeting the monuments, Landrieu in 2018 won the JFK "Profile in Courage Award" presented by the family of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Landrieu removed statues of Jefferson Davis, who was first interred in New Orleans and then removed to Richmond, Virginia, and Generals Robert E. Lee and Pierre G. T. Beauregard, namesake of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. Landrieu also removed a monument dedicated to opponents of Reconstruction. Landrieu vacates the mayor’s office on May 7. He published a book, In the Shadow of the Statues, which recounts his attack on Confederate heritage. He notes that he had difficulty finding a contractor to remove the statues because of the possibility of negative publicity.[4]

After the monuments controversy, Landrieu was sidelined by flooding from the failure of the municipal pumping system to function as needed.

Landrieu has indicated his intent to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 to oppose President Donald Trump.

References

  1. Mitchell Landrieu. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.
  2. http://www.crt.state.la.us/ltgovernor/biography.aspx
  3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783612/fullcredits#cast
  4. Mike DeBonis (March 27, 2018). Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, is awarded the Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. The Washington Post. Retrieved on March 29, 2018.