Mitchell J. Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010 with a clear mandate to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of New Orleans. Two years into his administration, Landrieu has delivered major victories that lay the groundwork for transformational change in critical sectors.
Prior to serving as Mayor, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana for six years, leading the effort to rebuild the tourism industry after Hurricane Katrina and the tens of thousands of jobs it creates. During his tenure, Landrieu launched the Cultural Economy Initiative to quantify and grow jobs in Louisiana’s culture, music, food, film and art industries.
Mitch also had a successful law practice for 15 years and 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. Mitch graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1982, and Loyola University Law School in New Orleans in 1985. He and his wife Cheryl have 5 children.
Landrieu had also represented the Broadmoor neighborhood as a State legislator for 16 years. During his tenure, he made his mark as a reformer and honest broker who could get the job done. Landrieu also had a successful law practice for 15 years and became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution.
Landrieu grew up as one of nine children in the Broadmoor neighborhood. It was here on South Prieur Street that Landrieu developed a love for the City of New Orleans. Today, he and his wife Cheryl are raising five children of their own. Landrieu'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.