Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010 and served until 2018. He worked has to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of New Orleans.
Mitch grew up as one of nine children in the Broadmoor neighborhood. It was here on South Prieur Street that Mitch developed a love for the City of New Orleans. Today, Landrieu and his wife Cheryl are raising five children of their own.
Mitch’s governing philosophy is rooted in his Jesuit education, where he learned to be committed to service. He was educated at Jesuit High School, Catholic University, and earned a law degree from Loyola University.
Mitch had a successful law practice for 15 years. He became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution. In life, law and government, he always seeks to bring people together to find common ground.
As a State Legislator, Mitch represented the Broadmoor neighborhood for 16 years. During his tenure, he made his mark as a reformer who could get the job done. As Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, Mitch served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. To deliver results, he put in place strict standards of accountability.
After Hurricane Katrina, he led the effort to rebuild the tourism industry and the thousands of jobs it creates. And when other government agencies failed, Mitch’s team got more than $22 million in grant money from Congress into the hands of hundreds of homeowners quickly. During his tenure, Mitch focused on creating jobs. He launched the Cultural Economy initiative to grow jobs through our culture, music, food, film and art. The cultural economy accounts for 144,000 jobs in the state.
During his term as Mayor, Landrieu worked aggressively to restore public confidence and credibility in the city, government, and police department.