Cedric L. Richmond

Representative from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District

Cedric L. Richmond

Cedric L. Richmond

Representative from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District

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Congressman Cedric Richmond was elected to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives on November 2, 2010 after more than a decade of service in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Cedric serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Small Business. He also serves as an Assistant Whip to the House Democratic Whip.

A results-oriented public servant, Cedric is committed to fighting and winning for the Orleans and Jefferson Parishes of Louisiana. A lifelong native of New Orleans, he bore witness to 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the disastrous oil spill of 2010. As a result, one of Cedric’s highest priorities is to rebuild Louisiana businesses and schools.

Since his arrival in Washington, Cedric has been hard at work on the issues important to Louisiana’s families and the economy. During the first year of the 112th Congress, Cedric fought to preserve government investment in a strong economy as well as to make new investments in programs that will help grow our economy. He opposed harmful budget cuts to programs which hurt families, seniors, and communities. More specifically, he has taken a strong stance against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. Cedric has also been working hard to keep our waterways open for business, our wetland restoration projects funded, and drilling permits reviewed in a thorough, efficient manner.

As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Cedric works to ensure New Orleans and surrounding communities fully recover from recent devastation through oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). He also works to ensure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure, borders, and ports.

As a member of the Committee on Small Business and the lead Democrat on its Healthcare and Technology Subcommittee, Cedric supports bringing innovation to market, investing in American entrepreneurs, and increasing local participation in the federal procurement process. In addition, Cedric fights to expand small business innovation, export assistance, access to capital, and technical assistance.

Outside of Committee service, Cedric is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the New Democrat Coalition, and the Congressional Gulf Coast Caucus. In 2010, Time magazine included Cedric in its 40 Under 40 list and declared him one of the “rising stars of American politics”.

An attorney by trade, Cedric was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2000 at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest legislators in the state's history. In the Louisiana House of Representatives, he served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary. In this role, Cedric served as a tireless advocate for fair sentencing, criminal justice reform, and finding new and innovative ways to address crime in our communities. He also served on the Ways and Means, House Executive, and Legislative Audit Advisory Committees. In response to the storms of 2005, Cedric created the State New Markets Tax Credit program that spurred over 250 million dollars of investment in damaged areas. A champion of entrepreneurship and the son of local business owners, Cedric also secured funding for small business incubators and grant programs.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Cedric is a strong believer in the value of mentorship in his beloved hometown. He is a community baseball coach, former volunteer basketball coach, and youth mentor.

Cedric is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and his Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. Cedric is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Washington, DC, United States

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Birthday

09/13/1973 - New Orleans, LA, United States

Age

46

Number of Awards

2

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Cedric L. Richmond
Representative from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District
Education
Juris Doctorate
Class of 1998
B.A.

Founded in 1867 and located in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is an academic community dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and service, and the continuing search for truth as a liberating force. As such, the College offers instructional programs in three divisions - business and economics, humanities and social sciences, and science and mathematics.

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Current

The New Democrat Coalition is a Congressional Member Organization within the United States Congress made up of Democrats who support an agenda that the organization describes as moderate and pro-growth. A November 2012 Press release described the organization as "Congress' largest coalition of moderates heading into the 113th Congress," and announced the election of Representative Ron Kind as the Coalition's Chair.

Chairman
Current

Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently served as the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the government of the United States of America to ensure that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. The legislative agenda that Members of the Congressional Black Caucus collectively pursue includes but is not limited to the following: the creation of universal access to a world-class education from birth through post-secondary level; the creation of universal access to quality, affordable health care and the elimination of racially based health disparities; the creation of universal access to modern technology, capital and full, fairly-compensated employment; the creation and or expansion of U.S. foreign policy initiatives that will contribute to the survival, health, education and general welfare of all peoples of the world in a manner consistent with universal human dignity, tolerance and respect and such other legislative action as a majority of the entire CBC Membership may support.

Career History
Manager
Tenure Unconfirmed

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the Senate composes the legislature of the United States. The composition and powers of the House are established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The House is composed of representatives who sit in congressional districts which are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled one representative. Since its inception in 1789, all representatives are elected popularly. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435.

Representative from the 101st District
2000 - 2011
Political Donations Received
$500
2019
$1,500
2019
$1,000
2019
Awards & Honors
Rank #31
2014
The Root - 100 Most Influential African Americans
Rank #61
2013
The Root - 100 Most Influential African Americans
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