Mitch Landrieu

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Mitchell Joseph Landrieu
Political party Democrat

Born August 16, 1960
New Orleans, Louisiana
Spouse Cheryl Quirk Landrieu
Religion Roman Catholic

Mitchell Joseph Landrieu, known as Mitch Landrieu (born August 16, 1960),[1] is the outgoing 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 three monuments to the Confederate States of America from downtown New Orleans. He was then 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.

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