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Mary Landrieu
Mary Landrieu.jpg
U.S. Senate, Louisiana
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
PredecessorJ. Bennett Johnston, Jr. (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$21,060,608
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Louisiana State Treasurer
High schoolUrsuline Academy, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Date of birthNovember 23, 1955
Place of birthArlington, VA
ProfessionReal Estate Agent
Net worth$1,829,008
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Mary Loretta Landrieu (b. November 23, 1955, in Arlington, Virginia) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Louisiana. Landrieu was first elected to the Senate in 1996.[1]

She ran for re-election in the 2014 elections.[2]

Landrieu previously was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1980 to 1988 and served as the Louisiana State Treasurer from 1988 to 1996.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Landrieu is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


Landrieu was born in 1955 in Arlington, VA, and attended high school at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, LA. She attended Louisiana State University and graduated in 1977.[1]


Below is an abbreviated version of Landrieu's professional and political career[1]:

She has also worked as a real estate agent.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Landrieu serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Landrieu serves on the following Senate committees[4]:



Husband's work as real estate agent for lobbyists and donors

After lobbyist Tony Podesta hired real estate agent Frank Snellings, Landrieu's husband, to sell his Capitol Hill townhouse, it drew national attention in August 2013.[5]

Podesta had previously hired Snellings, a lawyer-turned-property agent, to broker his 2009 purchase of the townhouse for just under $1.5 million.[5] "I don't remember when I first met Frank, but it was a long time ago," Podesta said. "Frank's a really go get 'em agent, and he has a good instinct."[5]

Podesta also said Snellings' marriage to Landrieu was "totally immaterial" to his decision to list the townhouse with Snellings, adding "We just thought he was a really good real estate agent."[5]

The arrangement does not violate Senate ethics rules, and Landrieu is not required to disclose her husband's clients on her Senate financial disclosure forms, although they do disclose that he earns income through real estate.[5]

Landrieu's communications director, Matt Lehner said in a statement, "After practicing law in Louisiana for 19 years, Mr. Snellings decided 11 years ago to sell real estate. At that time, he and Sen. Landrieu received guidance from the Senate Ethics Committee that stated it is completely permissible and appropriate for Mr. Snellings to be a real estate agent for anyone. Mr. Snellings and Sen. Landrieu have always abided by the committee's rules and guidance, and they disclose their finances every year."[5]

Since Snellings entered the real estate business in 2002, however, he has brokered houses for a number of Louisiana power players, starting with big-time lobbyist John Breaux.[5] Other names include Richard Zuschlag, a health care industry CEO and Landrieu campaign donor, top lobbyist at Comcast, Melissa Maxfield, former Louisiana representative Chris John (D), former Florida senator, and later governor, Bob Graham, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire and Puerto Rico's former congressional representative Carlos Romero Barcelo.[5]

Political Positions

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Landrieu released the following statement on September 10, 2013 on the unfolding situation in Syria: "The use of chemical weapons is cruel and inhumane, and I'm convinced by the evidence presented that the Assad regime used them. During the last few days, I've taken in a tremendous amount of information and views and listened closely to the people of Louisiana and will continue to do so. I believe that we should all push as hard as possible for a diplomatic solution, which would require Syria to give up its complete stockpile of chemical weapons and agree to cease future production and use, in a way that can be verified."[6]

Gay Marriage

Sen. Landrieu has not discussed this issue much in public, but states her position as follows, "I feel very strongly that people should be allowed to love who they love, but unfortunately my state has a very strong ban against gay marriage constitutionally, so I'm going to have to think really carefully and listen to the voters of my state about that issue," Landrieu said. "But it's very tough because I think most people believe that people should love who they love." [7]

Landrieu is one of only three Democratic Senators who have not voiced support for same-sex marriage, as of April 2013.[8][9]

Political positions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Landrieu voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]



See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

Landrieu is seeking election to a fourth term as U.S. Senator to Louisiana in 2014.[11]

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[12]

According to an April 2013 Politico report, Landrieu had already raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash on hand.[13] However, potential challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank.[12] That far outpaces other possible opponents. In reports from July 2013 Landrieu reported raising $1.7 million during the second quarter and had $4.9 million cash-on-hand.[14]

Former Rep. Jeff Landry is another possible Republican challenger. Landrieu has never won more than 52 percent of the vote in her three previous Senate victories.[12] A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.[12]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Landrieu is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Landrieu raised a total of $21,060,608 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 1, 2013.[17]

Mary Landrieu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Louisiana) Won $11,304,952
2002 U.S. Senate (Louisiana) Won $9,755,656
Grand Total Raised $21,060,608


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Landrieu's reports.[18]

Mary Landrieu (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]5/23/2013$2,534,428.04$1,206,649.91$(273,650.26)$3,467,427.69
July Quarterly[20]7/15/2013$3,467,427.69$1,676,607.56$(279,709.18)$4,864,326.07
Running totals


Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from Open Secrets, Landrieu ranked 9th on the list with $53,100 in lobbyist contributions.[21]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Landrieu is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 21, 2013.[22]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[23]

Landrieu most often votes with:

Landrieu least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Landrieu paid her congressional staff a total of $2,621,357 in 2011. She ranked 20th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 55th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranked 27th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Landrieu's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $917,020 and $2,740,997. That averages to $1,829,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. Her average net worth decreased by 31.9% from 2010.[25]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Landrieu's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,031,021 and $3,340,001. That averages to $2,685,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Landrieu was ranked the 47th most liberal senator during 2012.[27]


According to the data released in 2012, Mary Landrieu was ranked the 47th most liberal senator during 2011.[28]

Voting with party


Mary Landrieu voted with the Democratic Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]


Landrieu is married to attorney Frank Snellings. They have two children.[30]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bioguide "Mary Landrieu" Accessed June 21, 2013
  2. Public Policy Polling, "Landrieu leads potential foes for re-election," February 13, 2013
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Official U.S. Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 20, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Huffington Post, "Mary Landrieu's Husband Brokered Real Estate Deals For Lobbyists, Campaign Donors," accessed August 30, 2013
  6. KATC.com, "Senator Mary Landrieu's Statement on Unfolding Situation in Syria," accessed September 11, 2013
  7. Huffingtonpost.com "Gay Marriage Rights: The 10 Democratic Senators Who Still Say No" March 2013
  8. Metro Weekly, "Bill Nelson becomes 51st senator to support same-sex marriage," accessed April 5, 2013
  9. Talking Points Memo, "Senator Tim Johnson Endorses Gay Marriage," accessed April 9, 2013
  10. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named reelec14
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
  13. Politico "Red-state Democrats raise millions" Accessed April 18, 2013
  14. Politico "Sen. Mary Landrieu builds up campaign funds" Accessed July 9, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Clerk.House.gov, "Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
  17. Open Secrets "Mary Landrieu" Accessed May 1, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Mary Landrieu 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  22. Gov Track "Mary Landrieu," Accessed June 21, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mary Landrieu," Accessed August 2, 2013
  24. LegiStorm "Mary Landrieu"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Mary L. Landrieu (D-La), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Landrieu, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Official Senate Page "Biography" Accessed October 20, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
J. Bennett Johnston
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
Succeeded by