Cedric Richmond

Cedric Richmond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Joseph Cao
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 101st district
In office
Preceded by Naomi White Farve
Succeeded by Wesley Bishop
Personal details
Born Cedric Levon Richmond
(1973-09-13) September 13, 1973
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Raquel Greenup
Alma mater Morehouse College (BA)
Tulane University (JD)
Website Official website

Cedric Levon Richmond[1] (born September 13, 1973) is an American politician in the Democratic Party who has been the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district since 2011. His district includes most of New Orleans.

Early life and education

He was raised in Eastern New Orleans, going to public schools. Richmond's father died when he was seven years old. His mother was a public school teacher and small business owner. Richmond graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, Morehouse College, Tulane School of Law and the Harvard University executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[2]

Louisiana legislature

Then State Representative Richmond with FEMA officials and others

He was the Louisiana State Representative for District 101 (Orleans Parish) from 2000 to 2011.[3] Having been first elected shortly after his 27th birthday, at the time he took office he became one of the youngest legislators ever to serve in Louisiana. He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and a member of the Ways and Means, House Executive, and Legislative Audit Advisory committees.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

From left, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Tom Udall, Former NBA player Muggsy Bogues, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Congressman Richmond.

In an across-the-aisle gesture which was rare in Congress at the time, Richmond in 2014 defended his Republican colleague Vance McAllister, who had become embroiled in an alleged adultery scandal. Richmond associated the controversy with "gotcha moments" in which the "two parties in this country have gone overboard...and taken joy in the pain of their supposed opponents".[5]

On June 9, 2014, Richmond introduced the Honor Flight Act (H.R. 4812; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling on an Honor Flight to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.[6]

Until his election in 2015 to the Louisiana House of Representative, Richmond's special projects director was the African-American Democrat Jimmy Harris, a New Orleans lawyer.[7]

On November 30, 2016, Richmond was elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus in the 115th United States Congress.[8]



Richmond came in third place in the seven-candidate primary election for the Democratic nomination for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, behind U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson and television newscaster Helena Moreno. During a primary debate, Richmond attempted to discredit Moreno with accusations of drug use, while she attempted to attack his personal integrity by bringing up his disqualification from the 2005 New Orleans City Council "D" District election.[9] Later in 2008, Richmond's law license was suspended for 6 months by the State Supreme Court in a 5–2 decision after it was found that he falsified a sworn statement claiming greater than 2 years residency in New Orleans' "D" District in order to be eligible for the district's City Council position.[10]


Richmond challenged Republican incumbent Anh “Joseph” Cao for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district.

Richmond was the first candidate in the 2010 elections to have President Barack Obama appear in a television ad on his behalf.[11]

Most pundits reckoned Richmond as a heavy favorite to retake the seat for the Democrats, even in what was forecast to be a Republican year nationally. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+25, the 2nd was far and away the most Democratic district in the country to be represented by a Republican. The next most Democratic district on that list, Delaware's At-large congressional district, had a PVI of D+7. In 2008 Obama had carried the 2nd with a 74 percent of the vote, his fifth-best performance in a Southern district and his 35th best nationally.

Richmond won the November 2, 2010 election in the heavily Democratic majority-minority district with 65 percent of the vote.[12]


Committee assignments

Congressional Caucuses

Electoral history

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2010[13] August 28, 2010

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Eugene Green Democratic 2,497 (10%) Defeated
Gary Johnson Democratic 1,911 (8%) Defeated
Juan LaFonta Democratic 5,166 (21%) Defeated
Cedric Richmond Democratic 14,622 (60%) Won

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2008[13]

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 2, 2004

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
James Carter Democratic 9,286 (13%) Defeated
Troy "C" Carter Democratic 5,797 (8%) Defeated
William J. Jefferson Democratic 17,510 (25%) Run-off
Byron L. Lee Democratic 8,979 (13%) Defeated
Helena Moreno Democratic 13,795 (20%) Run-off
Cedric Richmond Democratic 12,095 (17%) Defeated
Kenya J. H. Smith Democratic 1,749 (3%) Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2007[13]

October 20, 2007

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cedric L. Richmond Democratic 2,944 (73%) Elected
Roland Barthe Democratic 1,107 (27%) Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2003[13]

October 4, 2003

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cedric Richmond Democratic 6,943 (78%) Elected
Willie Jones, Jr. Democratic 1,906 (22%) Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 1999[13]

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 23, 1999

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Wesley T. Bishop Democratic 1,241 (14%) Defeated
Naomi White Farve Democratic 1,835 (21%) Defeated
Cedric Richmond Democratic 3,480 (40%) Run-off
Eddie Scott Democratic 2,119 (24%) Run-off

Second Ballot, November 20, 1999

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cedric Richmond Democratic 3,980 63%) Elected
Eddie Scott Democratic 2,361 (37%) Defeated


  1. "Meet Cedric Richmond | Cedric Richmond for Congress - Louisiana 2nd District". Cedricrichmond.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  2. "Voters pick Bishop, Mills in legis races | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA |". Wbrz.com. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. "About Cedric". cedricrichmond.com. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  4. Alpert, Bruce (2014-04-11). "Richmond reaches out to McAllister: He admonishes both parties". Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. A3. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  5. "H.R. 4812 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  6. "James "Jimmy" Harris, III, Announces Candidacy For Louisiana House of Representatives, District 99". myemail.constantcontact.com. August 12, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  7. Rainey, Richard (November 30, 2016). "Cedric Richmond elected chair of Congressional Black Caucus". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  8. Donze, Frank (September 26, 2008). "Moreno, Richmond trade barbs at 2nd District talk". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  9. Donze, Frank (December 2, 2008). "State Rep. Cedric Richmond's law license suspended". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  10. Burns, Alexander (October 4, 2010). "La.'s Richmond gets Obama's 1st ad". Politico. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  11. Krupa, Michelle; Donze, Frank (November 2, 2010). "Cedric Richmond wins 2nd District House race; Joseph Cao concedes". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 "Elections Division". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Cao
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

Preceded by
G. K. Butterfield
Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Taking office 2017
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Reid Ribble
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott Rigell
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