2013 The Root 100

Pushing to restore a still hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, Richmond is a young legislator trying to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

  • Influence: 170.7
  • Reach: 11.46
  • Substance: 7.1
  • Media Mentions: 663
  • Internet Mentions: 87200
  • Twitter Followers: 5008
  • Cedric Richmond

  • U.S. congressman representing Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District.
  • Job: U.S. congressman
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @RepRichmond
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Age: 39
  • Bio:

    Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, and rebuilding what was lost has taken time. Rep. Cedric Richmond has been at the forefront of coastal restoration projects, finding funding for disaster relief -- not only for the destruction caused by Katrina but that created by Hurricane Isaac and other natural disasters that ravished the area.

    Richmond was only 7 when his father died, leaving his mother, a public school teacher and small business owner, to raise him alone in eastern New Orleans. Despite such hardship, Richmond found success, joining the Louisiana State Legislature at age 27. 

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