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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.
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Cedric Richmond sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- House Committee on the Judiciary
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).
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%)
Some of Richmond’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Richmond’s Vote||Vote 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 ...
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 Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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Cedric Richmond is pronounced:
SEJ-ruk // RICH-mund
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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.
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 on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security
- Committee on Small Business
- 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.
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|
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