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According to an April 2013 [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 Politico report], Landrieu had already raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash on hand.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 ''Politico'' "Red-state Democrats raise millions" accessed April 18, 2013]</ref> However, potential challenger Rep. [[Bill Cassidy]] ([[Republican|R]]) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank.<ref name="fiscal"/> 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/mary-landrieu-campaign-funds-93859.html#ixzz2YYgUcBU9 ''Politico'' "Sen. Mary Landrieu builds up campaign funds" accessed July 9, 2013]</ref>
According to an April 2013 [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 Politico report], Landrieu had already raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash on hand.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 ''Politico'', "Red-state Democrats raise millions" accessed April 18, 2013]</ref> However, potential challenger Rep. [[Bill Cassidy]] ([[Republican|R]]) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank.<ref name="fiscal"/> 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/mary-landrieu-campaign-funds-93859.html#ixzz2YYgUcBU9 ''Politico'', "Sen. Mary Landrieu builds up campaign funds" accessed July 9, 2013]</ref>

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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$1,795,007.50
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, Virginia, 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]

  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairwoman
  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Landrieu was selected as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on February 11, 2014.[4][5]


Landrieu serves on the following Senate committees[6]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Landrieu's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

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."[9]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Landrieu voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Landrieu joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Landrieu voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Landrieu voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Landrieu voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Landrieu voted for the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[10] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Landrieu was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[10]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Landrieu voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[10]


Vanishing healthcare plans
See also: Health insurance policy cancellations since Obamacare

Landrieu spoke in favor of a proposal for legislation on October 29, 2013, that would ensure that all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare.[18] In her statement, she said she would either offer her own bill or formally sign onto another measure that would ensure that the law would not force anyone off of their existing health policies.[18]

“The promise was made, and it should be kept,” Landrieu said. “And it was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people when they have insurance could keep with what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix.”[18]

Delay in Obamacare mandate

On October 24, 2013, Landrieu endorsed a proposal to give Americans more time to sign up for benefits under the new Affordable Care Act. The enrollment deadline to sign up for coverage in the first year of the health law's exchanges is March 31, 2014.[19]

"I've always been committed to making the Affordable Care Act work and will continue doing so," Landrieu said in a statement. "I support extending the enrollment period to give people who haven't had access or who want more choice enough time to shop from the 40 competitively priced plans in Louisiana's marketplace. The administration should consider this common -ense suggestion."[19]

Social Issues

Gay Marriage

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."[20]

Landrieu is one of only three Democratic Senators who have not voiced support for same-sex marriage, as of April 2013.[21][22]

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Landrieu voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[23]


Husband's real estate career

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.[24]

Podesta had previously hired Snellings, a lawyer-turned-property agent, to broker his 2009 purchase of the townhouse for just under $1.5 million.[24] "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."[24]

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."[24]

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.[24]

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."[24]

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.[24] 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.[24]



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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[26] A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.[26]

In February 2014, Landrieu said she would find it valuable for Thomas Steyer to run ads in her re-election campaign. "It would probably help me in my state if he would run his ads," she said.[27]

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.[30]

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.[31]

According to an April 2013 Politico report, Landrieu had already raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash on hand.[39] However, potential challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank.[26] 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.[40]


Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from OpenSecrets.org, Landrieu ranked 9th on the list with $53,100 in lobbyist contributions.[41]


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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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 2012 was estimated between $894,018 and $2,695,997. That averages to $1,795,007.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Landrieu ranked as the 53rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[45]

Mary Landrieu Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.


Landrieu ranked 47th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[46]


Lanrieu ranked 47th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[47]

Voting with party


Landrieu voted with the Democratic Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]


Landrieu is married to attorney Frank Snellings. They have two children.[49]

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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. WWL, "Mary Landrieu to chair Senate energy committee," accessed February 12, 2014
  5. The Advocate, "Sen. Mary Landrieu tapped to head powerful Energy committee," accessed February 12, 2014
  6. Official U.S. Senate website "Committee Assignments," accessed October 20, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. KATC.com, "Senator Mary Landrieu's Statement on Unfolding Situation in Syria," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Project Votesmart, "Mary Landrieu Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  11. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Politico, "Landrieu to propose halting vanishing health plans," accessed October 30, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 NOLA.com, "Sen. Mary Landrieu supports delay in enrollment deadline for Affordable Care Act," accessed October 28, 2013
  20. Huffingtonpost.com "Gay Marriage Rights: The 10 Democratic Senators Who Still Say No" March 2013
  21. Metro Weekly, "Bill Nelson becomes 51st senator to support same-sex marriage," accessed April 5, 2013
  22. Talking Points Memo, "Senator Tim Johnson Endorses Gay Marriage," accessed April 9, 2013
  23. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 24.7 Huffington Post, "Mary Landrieu's Husband Brokered Real Estate Deals For Lobbyists, Campaign Donors," accessed August 30, 2013
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named reelec14
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013
  27. National Journal "Could Tom Steyer's Anti-Keystone Campaign Help Mary Landrieu? She Thinks So.," February 17, 2014
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Clerk.House.gov, "Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
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  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Run-off Quarterly," accessed December 1, 2014
  39. Politico, "Red-state Democrats raise millions" accessed April 18, 2013
  40. Politico, "Sen. Mary Landrieu builds up campaign funds" accessed July 9, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" accessed July 3, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Mary Landrieu," accessed June 21, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mary Landrieu," accessed August 2, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Mary Landrieu"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Landrieu, (D-LA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. Official Senate Page "Biography" accessed October 20, 2011
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J. Bennett Johnston
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
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