Maurice Edwin Landrieu

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Maurice Edwin "Moon" Landrieu
Political party Democrat

Born July 23, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana
Spouse Verna Satterlee Landrieu
Religion Roman Catholic

Maurice Edwin Landrieu, known as Moon Landrieu (born July 23, 1930), was the mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978. He served from 1979 to 1981 in the Jimmy Carter administration as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He is 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.

He is the progenitor of the Democratic Louisiana Landrieu clan which includes his daughter, former state treasurer and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and a son, Mitch Landrieu, the current term-limited New Orleans mayor and former lieutenant governor[1] known for his liberal political philosophy.

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.[2]


  2. Susan Spaht obituary. New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 8, 2018). Retrieved on June 11, 2018.