Cedric Richmond Committee Assignments Definition


Legislative Metrics

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Richmond is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Richmond has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Cedric Richmond sits on the following committees:

  • House Committee on Homeland Security
  • House Committee on the Judiciary

Enacted Legislation

Richmond was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Richmond sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (33%)Education (18%)Crime and Law Enforcement (15%)Health (9%)Armed Forces and National Security (6%)Labor and Employment (6%)Emergency Management (6%)Arts, Culture, Religion (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Richmond’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Richmond’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017
Apr 26, 2017. Passed 378/48.
This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would ...
Nay S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 348/77.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out of the attacks. The final report ran more than 500 pages, but much intrigue has centered around 28 pages redacted ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
No H.R. 2353: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015
May 19, 2015. Passed 387/35.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 10 (113th): Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
May 9, 2014. Passed 360/45.
Yea H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Mar 2018, Richmond missed 395 of 4,946 roll call votes, which is 8.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2011 Jan-Mar21283.8%85th
2011 Apr-Jun28151.8%60th
2011 Jul-Sep24741.6%54th
2011 Oct-Dec20894.3%73rd
2012 Jan-Mar15121.3%44th
2012 Apr-Jun29951.7%52nd
2012 Jul-Sep1522617.1%96th
2012 Nov-Dec5135.9%71st
2013 Jan-Jan5120.0%96th
2013 Jan-Mar891011.2%92nd
2013 Apr-Jun215167.4%88th
2013 Jul-Sep2002412.0%96th
2013 Oct-Dec137118.0%89th
2014 Jan-Mar148128.1%88th
2014 Apr-Jun2195926.9%99th
2014 Jul-Sep1473926.5%99th
2014 Nov-Dec49612.2%95th
2015 Jan-Mar14442.8%62nd
2015 Apr-Jun24462.5%71st
2015 Jul-Sep1392316.5%97th
2015 Oct-Dec17784.5%86th
2016 Jan-Mar137128.8%78th
2016 Apr-Jun20494.4%73rd
2016 Jul-Sep23293.9%83rd
2016 Nov-Dec48816.7%96th
2017 Jan-Mar2083717.8%97th
2017 Apr-Jun13675.1%82nd
2017 Jul-Sep199126.0%86th
2017 Oct-Dec167169.6%90th
2018 Jan-Mar10144.0%61st

Primary Sources

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Cedric Richmond is pronounced:

SEJ-ruk // RICH-mund

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
CH chchin
D dday
E ebed
I ipin
J jjam
K kking
M mman
N nnot
R rrag
S ssit
U ucup

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

Cedric Levon Richmond (born September 13, 1973) 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 Black Congressional Caucus.

Early life and education

He was raised in Eastern New Orleans, going to 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.

Louisiana legislature

He was the Louisiana State Representative for District 101 (Orleans Parish) from 2000 to 2011. 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.

U.S. House of Representatives

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".

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.

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.

On November 30, 2016, Richmond was elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus in 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 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. 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.


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 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.


Committee assignments

  • Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security
  • Committee on Small Business

Congressional Caucuses

  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • New Democrat Coalition


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. Richmond said that if the painting continues to be removed, supporters of the painting "may just have to kick somebody's ass." 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.

Electoral history

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District-Democratic Party, 2010 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

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

October 20, 2007

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

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 2003

October 4, 2003

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

Louisiana State Representative, 101st District, 1999

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
Then State Representative Richmond with FEMA officials and others
From left, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Tom Udall, Former NBA player Muggsy Bogues, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Congressman Richmond.

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