Cedric Levon Richmond

Contact Information

Telephone: 504-288-3777 (Main phone number)
Telephone:504-908-9403 (Main campaign number)
Campaign finance

Candidate Background

Birth place:New Orleans, LA
Residence:New Orleans, LA
First Elected:2010


District:District 2
Next Election:2012

Undergraduate education: Morehouse College


Graduate education: Tulane University


Cedric Richmond was born in New Orleans, and currently lives there. He received a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Tulane University. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as part of a fellowship program.

Richmond is an attorney.

He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and took office in 2000 at age 26. He was elected to Congress in 2010.

He is single.


The political landscape has changed a bit for Cedric Richmond since he won Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District seat in 2010, but the demographics remain about the same.

Congressional redistricting meant his New Orleans-centered district shifted a bit, stretching eastward into the Baton Rouge area. But it remains the state's only predominantly African-American district with 62 percent black voter registration. And it has the highest percentage of Democrats at 66 percent.

The 2nd District has long been a stronghold for black Democrats, but Richmond had to win it from an Asian Republican in 2010.

Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese-American, snatched the seat from scandal-plagued 18-year Rep. William Jefferson in a hurricane-delayed, low-turnout 2008 election.

Cao tried to build a reputation as someone willing to reach across party lines and he did occasionally break with the GOP on major issues. But he voted against key initiatives of President Barack Obama, who is popular in the district. With Obama's endorsement, Richmond easily defeated Cao in 2010.

Richmond had been an also-ran in the 2008 congressional race, failing to make the runoff when he and other Democrats tried to topple Jefferson in that year's Democratic primary. But he showed considerable strength when he easily dispatched three other Democrats, including a fellow legislator, in the 2010 Democratic primary to select Cao's challenger.

He drew four opponents for his first re-election try: two Republicans, a Libertarian and one fellow Democrat. The Democrat, Gary Landrieu, has the most famous name in the district — he's a cousin of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sen. Mary Landrieu. However, he does not claim a family endorsement and so far the name has not helped him: he was an also-ran in a recent New Orleans City Council race.

Richmond was first elected to office when he won a New Orleans-based state House seat in 1999, taking office the following year at age 26 to become one of the state's youngest legislators.

Committee Assignments: Homeland Security; Small Business

American Conservative Union Rating: 0

Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 90


Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 65% (2010).

(Last updated by Kevin McGill on October 9, 2012.)

Last updated 12:16am January 23, 2017