Mitch Landrieu

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Mitch Landrieu
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Mayor of New Orleans
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$140,000/year
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
2004-2010
Louisiana House of Representatives
1988-2004
Education
Bachelor'sThe Catholic University of America
J.D.Loyola University Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 16, 1960
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mitchell Joseph Landrieu (b. August 16, 1960) is the current Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He was first elected in 2010 and won reelection to a second term in 2014.[1]

Landrieu was the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004-2010 and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1988-2004.[2]

Biography

Landrieu was the fifth of nine children born to Moon and Verna Landrieu. He grew up in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. After graduating from Jesuit High School, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1985 he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.[2]

Landrieu's father Moon served as Mayor of New Orleans, and his sister Mary Landrieu is a U.S. Senator.

Career

Below is a brief outline of Landrieu's political career.

Issues

Homelessness

At a candidate forum on January 8, 2014, Landrieu was criticized by his opponents for his approach to dealing with the city's poor. In response, Landrieu argued that the city had seen hundreds of new jobs and the razing of many dilapidated buildings under his leadership. Questioned by challengers Bagneris and King for his handling of a significant development contract that had failed to comply with the city's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, Landrieu maintained that the contract would not be allowed to move forward unless the firm complied with the program's requirements. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program stipulates that companies seeking public contracts include a 35 percent participation level from disadvantaged business (often, those owned and operated by women or minorities).[3]

Elections

2014

See also: New Orleans mayoral election, 2014

Landrieu ran in the 2014 election for mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. Landrieu defeated Danatus King and Michael Bagneris in the blanket primary on February 1, 2014.[4][5]

Mayor of New Orleans, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Landrieu Incumbent 63.6% 53,441
Danatus N. King 3.1% 2,638
Michael Bagneris 33.3% 27,991
Total Votes 84,070
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

2003

Mitch Landrieu's 2003 campaign for Lieutenant Governor was his first bid for statewide office in Louisiana. In a field of six candidates, Landrieu garnered nearly 53 percent of the vote and won outright in the Louisiana open primary, thus avoiding a runoff.[6]

1994

In 1994, Landrieu made an unsuccessful bid for the office of Mayor of New Orleans. The office went to Marc Morial.[7]

Fundraising

2013

As of December 23, 2013, Landrieu's re-election campaign had approximately $1.2 million on hand. Between October 25, 2013 and December 23, 2013, his campaign raised more than $203,000, primarily from donors contributing less than $1,000.[8][9]

Endorsements

2014

On January 6, 2014, the Landrieu campaign announced that President Barack Obama had endorsed Landrieu's re-election bid.[10]

Personal

Landrieu is married to Cheryl P. Landrieu, who is also an attorney. They have five children and reside in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans
2010–Present
Succeeded by
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