Meet Cedric Richmond

Congressman Cedric Richmond is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Born and raised in Eastern New Orleans, he grew up attending public schools and participating in New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) programs.  He is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Morehouse College and Tulane Law School.  Cedric is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Cedric's father died when he was only seven years old. His mother Maple, a public school teacher and small business owner, provided him with strong guidance with added emphasis on education. He credits the coaches at Goretti playground as being very influential role models and motivators in during his childhood.

Cedric's public service started at age 16 when he started coaching teams at Goretti playground. He firmly believes that neighborhood playgrounds play an important part in instilling core values in our children.

After graduating from law school and passing the Louisiana Bar Exam, Cedric was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives at the age of 26.  He served in the legislature for 11 years before his election to Congress in 2010. Congressman Richmond currently represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District and serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Outside of Committee service, he is an active member and Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Maritime Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition.

As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Cedric works to ensure New Orleans and surrounding communities are adequately prepared for any emergency 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 the Judiciary, the second oldest standing committee in Congress, Cedric works with committee members to exercise oversight responsibility for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

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