|Director of the Office of Public Engagement|
|Assumed office |
January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Timothy Pataki|
|Senior Advisor to the President|
|Assumed office |
January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Jared Kushner|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 2nd district
January 3, 2011 – January 15, 2021
|Preceded by||Joseph Cao|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives|
from the 101st district
January 6, 2000 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Naomi White Farve|
|Succeeded by||Wesley Bishop|
Cedric Levan Richmond
September 13, 1973
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Education||Morehouse College (BA)|
Tulane University (JD)
Cedric Levan Richmond (born September 13, 1973) is an American lawyer and politician serving as a Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2021. His district included most of New Orleans.
From 2017 to 2019, Richmond served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was the only Louisiana Democrat serving in either chamber of Congress during his time in the House. He served as State Representative from New Orleans to the Louisiana State House from 2000 to 2011. In 2019, he was named the first national co-chairman of the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign. On September 5, 2020, he was named a co-chair of Biden's presidential transition. On November 17, 2020, Richmond announced he would leave Congress in January 2021 to serve as Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison.
Early life and education
Richmond was born in New Orleans in 1973 and raised in New Orleans East, where he attended public schools. His 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. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, and a Juris Doctor from Tulane School of Law. He also completed an executive program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at Morehouse, Richmond played college baseball as a pitcher for the Morehouse Maroon Tigers in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Richmond was elected and served as the Louisiana State Representative for the 101st district (Orleans Parish) from 2000 to 2011. He was elected shortly after his 27th birthday and was one of the youngest legislators ever to serve in Louisiana when he took office. 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2010, Richmond was elected to the US House of Representatives from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district for the first time. He took office in 2011. He was reelected in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.
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 that had been built to honor their service.
That year Richmond defended his Republican colleague Vance McAllister, who had become embroiled in an alleged adultery scandal. It was a rare across-the-aisle gesture. Richmond said that he associated the controversy around McAllister with "gotcha moments" in which the "two parties in this country have gone overboard...and taken joy in the pain of their supposed opponents".
Richmond was one of a few Democrats who voted to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. He is the fifth-biggest recipient of money from fossil fuel donors among House Democrats. The League of Conservation Voters gave him one of the lowest ratings for any Democrat in Congress.
Richmond has been active in the Congressional Black Caucus, made up of African-American legislators who work together to have their views heard. On November 30, 2016, he was elected chair of the caucus for the 115th United States Congress.
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 accused Moreno of drug use, and she attacked him based on his disqualification from the 2005 New Orleans City Council "D" district election.
Later in 2008, the Louisiana Supreme Court suspended Richmond's law license for six months in a 5–2 decision. It found that he had falsified a sworn statement claiming more than two years of residency in New Orleans's "D" district in order to be eligible for the district's city council seat.
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.
Most analysts considered Richmond a strong favorite to retake this 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 the most Democratic district in the country to be represented by a Republican. In 2008 Obama had carried it with 74% of the vote, his fifth-best performance in a Southern district and his 35th best nationally.
Richmond won the November 2 election with 65% of the vote.
Richmond's campaign received almost $113,000 from the oil and gas sector, which donated more than any other sector to his campaign. He was reelected with 63.6% of the vote.
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Committee on the Judiciary
In January 2017, Richmond became involved in an argument with Republican lawmakers over whether a particular painting should continue to hang in the Capitol. The painting in question shows police officers apprehending suspects, and the police are depicted as pigs. It was painted by someone from Richmond's district who had won a local award, and Republicans objected to it. Richmond said that escalating the issue might "open up Pandora's Box" because there are other paintings that some people might also find offensive.
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 said the joke was not meant to be sexual. "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."
Richmond plays in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. He 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 manager Joe Barton called him the best player to ever participate in the game. Richmond lost his first game in 2016, a day after participating through the night in the 2016 United States House of Representatives sit-in.
U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District November Election, 2016
|Kenneth Cutno||Democratic||28,855 (10%)||Defeated|
|Melvin Holden||Democratic||57,125 (20%)||Defeated|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||198,289 (70%)||Won|
U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-November Election, 2014
|David Brooks||No Party||16,327 (7%)||Defeated|
|Samuel Davenport||Libertarian||15,237 (7%)||Defeated|
|Gary Landrieu||Democratic||37,805 (17%)||Defeated|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||152,201 (69%)||Won|
U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-November Election, 2012
|Josue Larose||Republican||11,345 (4%)||Defeated|
|Caleb Trotter||Libertarian||6,791 (2%)||Defeated|
|Dwayne Bailey||Republican||38,801 (14%)||Defeated|
|Gary Landrieu||Democratic||71,916 (25%)||Defeated|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||158,501 (55%)||Won|
U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2010 August 28, 2010
|Eugene Green||Democratic||2,497 (10%)||Defeated|
|Gary Johnson||Democratic||1,911 (8%)||Defeated|
|Juan LaFonta||Democratic||5,166 (21%)||Defeated|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||14,622 (60%)||Won|
U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2008
Threshold > 50%
First Ballot, November 2, 2004
|James Carter||Democratic||9,286 (13%)||Defeated|
|Troy "C" Carter||Democratic||5,797 (8%)||Defeated|
|William J. Jefferson||Democratic||17,510 (25%)||Run-off|
|Byron L. Lee||Democratic||8,979 (13%)||Defeated|
|Helena Moreno||Democratic||13,795 (20%)||Run-off|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||12,095 (17%)||Defeated|
|Kenya J. H. Smith||Democratic||1,749 (3%)||Defeated|
Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2007
October 20, 2007
|Cedric L. Richmond||Democratic||2,944 (73%)||Elected|
|Roland Barthe||Democratic||1,107 (27%)||Defeated|
Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2003
October 4, 2003
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||6,943 (78%)||Elected|
|Willie Jones, Jr.||Democratic||1,906 (22%)||Defeated|
Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 1999
Threshold > 50%
First Ballot, October 23, 1999
|Wesley T. Bishop||Democratic||1,241 (14%)||Defeated|
|Naomi White Farve||Democratic||1,835 (21%)||Defeated|
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||3,480 (40%)||Run-off|
|Eddie Scott||Democratic||2,119 (24%)||Run-off|
Second Ballot, November 20, 1999
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||3,980 (63%)||Elected|
|Eddie Scott||Democratic||2,361 (37%)||Defeated|
Richmond was a national co-chair of the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign. On November 17, 2020, he announced that he will join the Biden administration as Senior Advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. His resignation became official on January 15, 2021.
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The painting has inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill between the two parties. The Hill asked Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, if the painting would need someone to monitor it around the clock to prevent further removals. "No," Richmond replied. "We might just have to kick somebody's ass and stop them, though."
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Richmond said any escalation of the issue might "open up Pandora's Box." “I’m looking at some paintings that people could probably find some offense to," he said. "So you just open up Pandora’s Box to, I think, anarchy when it comes to the art around this building." "I think it would be a bad move. I think politically it would be an awful move to do that," he continued.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
G. K. Butterfield
| Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
|Party political offices|
as House Democratic Senior Chief Deputy Whip
| House Democratic Assistant to the Majority Whip
Served alongside: John Lewis, Jan Schakowsky (Senior Chief Deputy Whips)
| Director of the Office of Public Liaison
|112th||Senate: M. Landrieu • D. Vitter||House: R. Alexander • C. Boustany • S. Scalise • B. Cassidy • J. Fleming • J. Landry • C. Richmond|
|113th||Senate: M. Landrieu • D. Vitter||House: R. Alexander • C. Boustany • S. Scalise • B. Cassidy • J. Fleming • C. Richmond • V. McAllister|
|114th||Senate: D. Vitter • B. Cassidy||House: C. Boustany • S. Scalise • J. Fleming • C. Richmond • R. Abraham • G. Graves|
|115th||Senate: B. Cassidy • J. N. Kennedy||House: S. Scalise • C. Richmond • R. Abraham • G. Graves • C. Higgins • M. Johnson|
|116th||Senate: B. Cassidy • J. N. Kennedy||House: S. Scalise • C. Richmond • R. Abraham • G. Graves • C. Higgins • M. Johnson|
|117th||Senate: B. Cassidy • J. N. Kennedy||House: S. Scalise • C. Richmond • G. Graves • C. Higgins • M. Johnson|