Moon Landrieu

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Maurice Edwin "Moon" Landrieu

In office
Preceded by Victor Hugo Schiro
Succeeded by Ernest Nathan Morial

United States Secretary of
Housing and Urban Development
In office
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Patricia Harris
Succeeded by Samuel Pierce

Louisiana State Representative
for District 12
In office
Preceded by J. Marshall Brown
Succeeded by Eddie Sapir

At-large member of the
New Orleans City Council
In office

Born July 23, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died September 5, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Verna Satterlee Landrieu
Children Nine children, including:

Mary Landrieu and
Mitch Landrieu
Joseph G., Sr., and Loretta B. Landrieu
Phyllis Ann Coldewy Landrieu

Religion Roman Catholic

Maurice Edwin Landrieu, known as Moon Landrieu (July 23, 1930 – September 5, 2022),[1] was the mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978. He then served from 1979 to 1981 in the Jimmy Carter administration as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was a former judge and served on the New Orleans City Council and in the Louisiana House of Representatives prior to his two terms as mayor. Landrieu won his first race for mayor in the 1969 Democratic primary against later Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris and then defeated Republican Ben C. Toledano in the 1970 general election.

Landrieu's political involvement began in the late 1950s in the administration of Mayor Chep Morrison. He was the progenitor of the Louisiana Landrieu clan which includes his daughter, former state treasurer and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and a son, Mitch Landrieu, the former New Orleans mayor and a former lieutenant governor.[2] The Landrieus are known for their liberal political philosophy.

Landrieu's sister-in-law, the former Phyllis Ann Coldewy (1934-2020), was the first woman to head the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee, and she sat too on the Democratic National Committee, a personal friend of U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Hussein Obama. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Phyllis Landrieu was active in public relations and the New Orleans Mardi Gras. In 1976, she founded Advantage Public Relations and Landrieu Public Relations, which she operated for forty-four years. In this capacity she worked to establish seven hospital systems.[3]

Landrieu's press secretary, Susan Louise Spaht (1944-2018), a native of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, later worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a public affairs specialist for "Task Force Hope" to help in the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.[4]

Landrieu died peacefully in his New Orleans home on Labor Day 2022, at the age of ninety-two.


  1. Moon Landrieu obituary. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (September 7, 2022).
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  3. Phyllis Ann Coldewy Landrieu. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (October 11, 2020). Retrieved on October 14, 2020.
  4. Susan Spaht obituary. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 8, 2018). Retrieved on June 11, 2018.