Robert Freeman

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Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman​

47th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
March 10, 1980​ – March 14, 1988​
Governor David C. Treen
Edwin Edwards
Preceded by Jimmy Fitzmorris
Succeeded by Paul Jude Hardy​

Louisiana State Representative for
Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes​
In office
1968​ – March 10, 1980​
Preceded by Thomas Marx Hoffman
Herman J. Lowe​
Succeeded by Harry A. Kember, Jr.
Clyde Kimball​

City Judge in Plaquemine in
Iberville Parish
In office
1990​ – 1996​
Preceded by William C. Dupont​
Succeeded by William C. Dupont​

Born April 27, 1934​
Plaquemine, Louisiana​
Died May 16, 2016 (aged 82)
Plaquemine, Louisiana
Resting place Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Cemetery in Plaquemine
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Marianne Drago Freeman​
Children Two children
Residence Plaquemine, Louisiana​
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Occupation Attorney

United States Army in Vietnam War, 1961-1969

Religion Roman Catholic

Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman (April 27, 1934 – May 16, 2016)[1] was an attorney in his native Plaquemine, Louisiana, who was the Democratic state lieutenant govrnor from 1980 to 1988. ​


​ Freeman was subsequently the Plaquemine city judge from 1990 to 1996. From 1968 to 1980, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He served as lieutenant governor under, first, Republican Governor David C. Treen, with whom he often quarreled over partisan matters, and tried to halt Treen proposals when Treen was out-of-state. His second term as lieutenant governor was under Treen's Democratic successor (and predecessor), Edwin Edwards. Freeman was defeated for a third term as lieutenant governor in the 1987 general election by the former Louisiana Secretary of State and Democrat-turned-Republican Paul Jude Hardy, a Baton Rouge attorney originally from St. Martinville, Louisiana.

In 1952, Freeman graduated from Plaquemine Senior High School, at which he engaged in boxing, with among others his classmate and friend Jessel Ourso (1932-1978), later the sheriff of Iberville Parish.[2] Freeman earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a member of the LSU boxing team and was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.[3] Freeman in 1965 earned his L.L.B. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959 and worked for a chemical company from 1960 to 1961. Early in his career, Freeman practiced law in the Plaquemine firm of Freeman and Pendley. He was a member of the Louisiana and American bar associations. He was chairman of the Plaquemine Planning and Zoning Commission from 1966 to 1968 and was also a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Environmental Health Association.​

On February 2, 2008, Freeman was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.[4]

Personal life

​ Until his death in 2016, at the age of eighty-two, Freeman resided with his wife, the former Marianne Drago (born 1936), in Plaquemine, Louisiana. A Roman Catholic, he is interred at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Cemetery in Plaquemine.[1] There are two children from the marriage of the Freemans. ​


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Freeman. Retrieved on October 10, 2019.
  2. Diedre Cruse (July 28, 2010). Sheriff Jessel Ourso named to Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. Retrieved on October 5, 2013.
  3. Political Hall of Fame inducts 9 in Winnfield. Retrieved on 2014-01-04.
  4. Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame. Louisiana Political Museum. Retrieved on December 7, 2019.

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