Mitch Landrieu

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Mitch Landrieu
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Mayor of New Orleans
In office
Term ends
Years in position 5
Base salary$140,000/yaer
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Louisiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sThe Catholic University of America
J.D.Loyola University Law School
Date of birth8/16/1960
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ReligionRoman Catholic
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Mitchell Joseph Landrieu (b. August 16, 1960) is the current Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He won re-election to a second term in the 2014 municipal elections.[1]

Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010 and in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004.[2]


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.



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.[3][4]

Relevant issues

In 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).[5]


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.[6][7]


On January 6, 2014, the Landrieu campaign announced that President Barack Obama had endorsed Landrieu's re-election bid.[8]


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.[9]


In 1994, Landrieu made an unsuccessful bid for the office of Mayor of New Orleans. The office went to Marc Morial.[10]


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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