Cedric Richmond Committee Assignments House

Cedric Levon Richmond (born September 13, 1973)[1] is an American politician in the Democratic Party who has been the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district since 2011. His district includes most of New Orleans. Since January 3, 2017, Richmond has served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

He was raised in New Orleans East, and attended public schools. Richmond's father died when he was seven years old. His mother was a public school teacher and small business owner. Richmond graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, Morehouse College, Tulane School of Law and the Harvard University executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[4] While at Morehouse, Richmond played college baseball as a pitcher for the Morehouse Maroon Tigers in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[5]

Louisiana legislature[edit]

He was the Louisiana State Representative for District 101 (Orleans Parish) from 2000 to 2011.[6] Having been first elected shortly after his 27th birthday, at the time he took office he became one of the youngest legislators ever to serve in Louisiana. He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and a member of the Ways and Means, House Executive, and Legislative Audit Advisory committees.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In an across-the-aisle gesture which was rare in Congress at the time, Richmond in 2014 defended his Republican colleague Vance McAllister, who had become embroiled in an alleged adultery scandal. Richmond associated the controversy with "gotcha moments" in which the "two parties in this country have gone overboard...and taken joy in the pain of their supposed opponents".[8]

On June 9, 2014, Richmond introduced the Honor Flight Act (H.R. 4812; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling on an Honor Flight to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.[9]

Until his election in 2015 to the Louisiana House of Representative, Richmond's special projects director was the African-American Democrat Jimmy Harris, a New Orleans lawyer.[10]

On November 30, 2016, Richmond was elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus in the 115th United States Congress.[11]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2008 § District 2

Richmond came in third place in the seven-candidate primary election for the Democratic nomination for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, behind U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson and television newscaster Helena Moreno. During a primary debate, Richmond attempted to discredit Moreno with accusations of drug use, while she attempted to attack his personal integrity by bringing up his disqualification from the 2005 New Orleans City Council "D" District election.[12] Later in 2008, Richmond's law license was suspended for 6 months by the State Supreme Court in a 5–2 decision after it was found that he falsified a sworn statement claiming greater than 2 years residency in New Orleans' "D" District in order to be eligible for the district's City Council position.[13]


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2010 § District 2

Richmond challenged Republican incumbent Anh “Joseph” Cao for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district.

Richmond was the first candidate in the 2010 elections to have President Barack Obama appear in a television ad on his behalf.[14]

Most pundits reckoned Richmond as a heavy favorite to retake the seat for the Democrats, even in what was forecast to be a Republican year nationally. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+25, the 2nd was far and away the most Democratic district in the country to be represented by a Republican. The next most Democratic district on that list, Delaware's At-large congressional district, had a PVI of D+7. In 2008 Obama had carried the 2nd with a 74 percent of the vote, his fifth-best performance in a Southern district and his 35th best nationally.

Richmond won the November 2, 2010 election in the heavily Democratic majority-minority district with 65 percent of the vote.[15]


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2012 § District 2

Committee assignments[edit]

Congressional Caucuses[edit]


In 2008 Richmond has his law license suspended for two months following a Louisiana Supreme Court decision in response to his false testimony that he had lived in District D for more than two years when he ran for a seat on the New Orleans City Council.[18]

In January 2017, Richmond became involved in an argument with Republican law makers over the right to have a painting continue to hang in the Capitol. The painting in question shows police officers apprehending suspects, and the police are depicted as pigs. [19] Richmond said that if the painting continues to be removed, "We may just have to kick somebody's ass."[19] He went on to say that escalating the issue may "open up Pandoras Box" because there are other paintings that some people may also find offensive. [20]

In March 2017 Richmond was criticized for making a crude joke about a controversial photograph of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on the Oval Office couch. Richmond appeared to compare Conway to Monica Lewinsky, saying "I really just want to know what was going on there, because she really looked kind of familiar there in that position there. But don't answer. And I don't want you to refer back to the ’90s.” Richmond later explained that the joke was not meant to be sexual.[21]

Richmond in fact, did not apologize, he only clarified his remarks by stating “Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t I think it is important to clarify what I meant, ” he said in a statement. “Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.” [21]


Richmond is a star player in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Richmond was the starting Democratic pitcher for each of the five years since his election and the Democrats won each game. He had a 2.85 earned run average, 1.67 walks plus hits per inning pitched and 45 strikeouts in his 27 innings pitched in that span. In 2016, Republican team managerJoe Barton called him the best player to ever participate in the game.[22] Richmond lost his first game in 2016, a day after participating through the night in the 2016 United States House of Representatives sit-in.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District November Election, 2016[23]

Kenneth CutnoDemocratic28,855 (10%)Defeated
Melvin HoldenDemocratic57,125 (20%)Defeated
Cedric RichmondDemocratic198,289 (70%)Won

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-November Election, 2014[24]

David BrooksNo Party16,327 (7%)Defeated
Samuel DavenportLibertarian15,237 (7%)Defeated
Gary LandrieuDemocratic37,805 (17%)Defeated
Cedric RichmondDemocratic152,201 (69%)Won

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-November Election, 2012[25]

Josue LaroseRepublican11,345 (4%)Defeated
Caleb TrotterLibertarian6,791 (2%)Defeated
Dwayne BaileyRepublican38,801 (14%)Defeated
Gary LandrieuDemocratic71,916 (25%)Defeated
Cedric RichmondDemocratic158,501 (55%)Won

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2010[26] August 28, 2010

Eugene GreenDemocratic2,497 (10%)Defeated
Gary JohnsonDemocratic1,911 (8%)Defeated
Juan LaFontaDemocratic5,166 (21%)Defeated
Cedric RichmondDemocratic14,622 (60%)Won

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2008[26]

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 2, 2004

James CarterDemocratic9,286 (13%)Defeated
Troy "C" CarterDemocratic5,797 (8%)Defeated
William J. JeffersonDemocratic17,510 (25%)Run-off
Byron L. LeeDemocratic8,979 (13%)Defeated
Helena MorenoDemocratic13,795 (20%)Run-off
Cedric RichmondDemocratic12,095 (17%)Defeated
Kenya J. H. SmithDemocratic1,749 (3%)Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2007[26]

October 20, 2007

Cedric L. RichmondDemocratic2,944 (73%)Elected
Roland BartheDemocratic1,107 (27%)Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2003[26]

October 4, 2003

Cedric RichmondDemocratic6,943 (78%)Elected
Willie Jones, Jr.Democratic1,906 (22%)Defeated

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 1999[26]

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 23, 1999

Wesley T. BishopDemocratic1,241 (14%)Defeated
Naomi White FarveDemocratic1,835 (21%)Defeated
Cedric RichmondDemocratic3,480 (40%)Run-off
Eddie ScottDemocratic2,119 (24%)Run-off

Second Ballot, November 20, 1999

Cedric RichmondDemocratic3,980 63%)Elected
Eddie ScottDemocratic2,361 (37%)Defeated

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  2. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^"Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  4. ^"Meet Cedric Richmond | Cedric Richmond for Congress - Louisiana 2nd District". Cedricrichmond.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  5. ^ abKane, Paul (June 14, 2017). "Analysis | Congressional ballgame builds bipartisan friendship. Exhibit A: Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  6. ^"Voters pick Bishop, Mills in legis races | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA |". Wbrz.com. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  7. ^"About Cedric". cedricrichmond.com. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  8. ^Alpert, Bruce (2014-04-11). "Richmond reaches out to McAllister: He admonishes both parties". Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. A3. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  9. ^"H.R. 4812 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  10. ^"James "Jimmy" Harris, III, Announces Candidacy For Louisiana House of Representatives, District 99". August 12, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  11. ^Rainey, Richard (November 30, 2016). "Cedric Richmond elected chair of Congressional Black Caucus". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  12. ^Donze, Frank (September 26, 2008). "Moreno, Richmond trade barbs at 2nd District talk". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  13. ^Donze, Frank (December 2, 2008). "State Rep. Cedric Richmond's law license suspended". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  14. ^Burns, Alexander (October 4, 2010). "La.'s Richmond gets Obama's 1st ad". Politico. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  15. ^Krupa, Michelle; Donze, Frank (November 2, 2010). "Cedric Richmond wins 2nd District House race; Joseph Cao concedes". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  16. ^"Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  17. ^"Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  18. ^Morrow, Brendan (2017-03-02). "Cedric Richmond: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  19. ^ abMarcos, Cristina (January 13, 2017). "Democrat re-hangs painting depicting cops as pigs". The Hill. Retrieved January 13, 2017.  
  20. ^"CBC: 'We may just have to kick somebody's ass' over painting removal". Politico. January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.  
  21. ^ abHeil, Emily. "Rep. Cedric Richmond made an awkward joke about Kellyanne Conway, but he says it wasn't meant to be sexual". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  22. ^Gangitano, Alex (23 June 2016). "Cedric Richmond: Congressional Baseball's Best Player Ever?". Roll Call. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  23. ^https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Graphical
  24. ^https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Graphical
  25. ^https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Graphical
  26. ^ abcde"Elections Division". Louisiana Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 17, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Then State Representative Richmond with FEMA officials and others

Top Contributors, 2017 - 2018

Geocent LLC$10,800$10,800$0
Cox Enterprises$10,000$5,000$5,000
Northrop Grumman$10,000$0$10,000
UNITE HERE$10,000$0$10,000
Rock Holdings$8,400$5,400$3,000

Top Industries, 2017 - 2018

Lawyers/Law Firms$54,025$34,025$20,000
Oil & Gas$36,500$6,500$30,000
Electric Utilities$33,000$0$33,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$33,000$0$33,000
Telecom Services$29,200$7,700$21,500

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

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NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2017 - 2018 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on 03/12/18 for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average, and on 02/20/18 for Top Contributors and Industries.  ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")


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The Center updates figures for "Total Raised and Spent" and for "PAC/Individual Split" a few days after the first of the month. The remaining figures - based on detailed contribution data - is updated by the Center after the 20th of every month. This gives us time to analyze the contributions and categorize them by industry and interest group.

The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Why (and How) We Use Donors' Employer/Occupation Information

The organizations listed as "Top Contributors" reached this list for one of two reasons: either they gave through a political action committee sponsored by the organization, or individuals connected with the organization contributed directly to the candidate.

Under federal law, all contributions over $200 must be itemized and the donor's occupation and employer must be requested and disclosed, if provided. The Center uses that employer/occupation information to identify the donor's economic interest. We do this in two ways:

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