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Representative for Louisiana's 7th congressional district from to and as the 50th Governor of Louisiana for four terms —, — and — , twice as many elected terms as any other Louisiana chief executive. He served a total of 16 years in office, the sixth-longest serving gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U. A colorful, powerful, and legendary figure in Louisiana politics, Edwards, who has been dubbed the "very last of the line of New Deal Southern Democrats ",  was long dogged by charges of corruption.
In , he was found guilty of racketeering charges and sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Edwards began serving his sentence in October in Fort Worth, Texas , and was later transferred to the federal facility in Oakdale, Louisiana. He was released from federal prison in January , having served eight years. He was released from probation in Without a pardon, Edwards remains ineligible to seek the governorship until 15 years have passed from the end of his sentence.
Edwards' ancestors were among early Louisiana colonists from France who eventually settled in Avoyelles Parish, referred to as the original French Creoles. His father was descended from a family in Kentucky , who came to Louisiana during the American Civil War.
His great-great-grandfather, William Edwards, was killed in Marksville at the beginning of the American Civil War because of his pro-Union sentiment. Avoyelles Parish has been known for colorful politicians; another who stood out, F.
The young Edwards had planned on a career as a preacher. As a young man, he did some preaching for the Marksville Church of the Nazarene. He served briefly in the U. After his return from the military, he graduated at the age of twenty-one from Louisiana State University Law Center and began practicing law in Crowley , the seat of Acadia Parish. He relocated there in after his sister, Audrey E.
Isbell, who had moved there with her husband, told him there were few French-speaking attorneys in the southwestern Louisiana community. Edwards' career was thus helped by his being bilingual and articulate in both English and Cajun French. He learned to cultivate the goodwill of the media, working reporters and editorial page editors. LaBorde even influenced Edwards in regard to environmental policy. Edwards entered politics through election to the Crowley City Council in Edwards remained on the Crowley council until his election to the Louisiana State Senate in ; in that race he defeated in a major political upset in the Democratic primary the incumbent Bill Cleveland , a Crowley businessman who had served for twenty years in both houses of the Louisiana legislature.
After serving in the state Senate for less than two years as a floor leader for Governor John McKeithen , Edwards was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 7th congressional district , a position that he held from until He won the congressional seat in a special election called when the incumbent, T. Edwards was easily reelected to three full terms in the House in , and Edwards received more than 80 percent of the general election vote.
In , he was one of the few Southern congressmen to support the extension for five years of the Voting Rights Act of In the election of — , Edwards won the governorship after finishing first in a field of seventeen candidates in the Democratic primary, including the final race of former governor Jimmie Davis and Gillis Long , a relative of Huey Long. His greatest support came from southern Louisiana, particularly among its large numbers of Cajun, Creole, and African-American voters.
In the first primary, Edwards led with , In third place was former Congressman Gillis Long of Alexandria, with , 14 percent. Former Governor Jimmie Davis finished fourth with , Far to the rear of the pack was Congressman Speedy O.
Long of Jena in rural La Salle Parish with only 61, 5. Both Edwards and Johnston ran on reform-oriented platforms during the primary, but Edwards was more adept at making political deals and building alliances for the runoff round of voting.
Edwards said that the major philosophical difference that he held with Johnston was in regard to their "awareness of problems of the poor. Waggonner of Bossier Parish , but the Shreveport state senator declined to accept Edwards' offer of a televised debate between the two. Edwards defeated Johnston in the runoff, , The victory showed that south Louisiana was eclipsing the north in both population and in the future political domination of the state. Such public recognition of black political power by a Democratic governor of Louisiana was unprecedented.
In the general election held on February 1, , Edwards faced Republican gubernatorial nominee David C. Treen , then of Metairie. He did not run as the candidate who would continue the Democratic policies of his predecessor, John McKeithen, for whom Edwards had been a state senate floor leader. Instead he derided McKeithen as a " lame duck governor who doesn't want the new administration to do well. He said the climate was not right for a Republican governor in Louisiana.
He ridiculed Treen as having "never held a public office. He has run for office four times and has been defeated all four times. He can't even generate enough enthusiasm in his home district Jefferson Parish , where he is best known. Though Treen ran a vigorous campaign, Louisiana's Democratic tradition favored Edwards from the start, as Edwards had predicted.
Edwards polled , Edwards picked up the enthusiastic backing of his runoff rival, J. Bennett Johnston, later a U. One of Edwards' campaign strategists, Charles E. Roemer, II , of Bossier City , was appointed as the full-time commissioner of administration, a position that Roemer retained from to Roemer's son, Buddy Roemer , would serve as governor from to , sandwiched between the third and fourth Edwards terms. Bill Dodd , who was defeated for state superintendent of education in the same election cycle that Edwards was winning the governorship for the first time, attributed the Edwards victory in part to political kingmaker Louis J.
According to Dodd, Roussel "can do more than any other individual in Louisiana to elect any candidate he supports for any office in this state He is such a good administrator and motivator that he can put together an organization that will win in business and in politics. Both in his political rhetoric and in his public persona, Edwards cast himself as a Louisiana populist in the tradition of Huey P.
Long and Earl K. One of his first acts was to call for a constitutional convention to overhaul Louisiana's bulky charter. Many of the sections on state government were written by delegate Robert G. Pugh , a prominent Shreveport attorney, who became an advisor to Edwards and two other governors thereafter. Voters approved the new constitution by a three-to-two margin in , and government reorganization resulted. For the first time Louisiana operated with a "cabinet style" executive department in lieu of the hundreds of boards and commissions that had existed for decades, each its own fiefdom.
During his first two terms in office, Edwards developed a reputation for being one of the most colorful and flamboyant politicians in the history of a state known for its unorthodox political figures. Charismatic, well-dressed, and quick with clever one-liners and retorts, Edwards maintained wide popularity. On taking office, Edwards hired J. Kelly Nix as his executive assistant and in elevated him to first executive assistant. In the second term, however, Nix left the administration to take office as the Louisiana state school superintendent.
He was later associate commissioner of higher education for the Louisiana Board of Regents , and an LSU journalism professor. Edwards also depended heavily on state Senator Sixty Rayburn of Bogalusa , whose year service earned him the sobriquet as "Dean of the Louisiana Senate.
Schiele , whom he appointed in to succeed the embattled Noah W. Cross as sheriff of Concordia Parish in eastern Louisiana. Under Edwards, Michael H. O'Keefe of New Orleans in was named president of the state Senate, an office that was held by the lieutenant governor prior to the implementation of the state Constitution of In , as Edwards prepared to return to office, O'Keefe was engulfed in scandal and forced to leave the Senate.
He was as replaced by the Edwards loyalist, Samuel B. In , O'Keefe was still serving time in prison for a conviction. After enduring three grueling rounds of voting in the — campaign, Edwards pushed a bill through the legislature that limited state elections to two rounds by having Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates run together on the same ballot in a nonpartisan blanket primary.
Though the jungle primary system was intended to benefit Edwards' own political career, many observers cite it as being a major factor in the eventual rise of the state's Republican Party and the creation of a genuinely competitive two-party system. For this, Edwards was facetiously christened "father of Louisiana's Republican Party. William Denis Brown, III , a lawyer and a state senator from Monroe , was Edwards's floor leader in the upper legislative chamber in the first term as governor.
Thereafter from to , Brown was the chairman of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. Early in the first gubernatorial term, Edwards initiated the creation of the first new Louisiana state constitution in more than a half century. He intended to replace the Constitution of , an unwieldy and outmoded document burdened with hundreds of amendments.
A constitutional convention was held in ; the resulting document was put into effect in As of [update] , the Constitution remains in effect. Edwards also undertook a major reorganization of the state government, abolishing over 80 state agencies and modeling the remaining structure after that of the federal government. In his first year in office, Edwards appointed his wife Elaine Edwards , also a native of Avoyelles Parish, to complete the Senate term of the deceased Allen J.
Edwards served from August—November , and during that time, the small town of Crowley boasted the governor, a U. Senator, and a U. Representative former Edwards aide John Breaux , who all lived within a few blocks of each other.
An outspoken supporter of civil rights, Edwards appointed more blacks and women to high positions in his administration than had his predecessors. Edwards named State Representative J. Burton Angelle of Breaux Bridge as his director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries , a key appointment which Angelle filled for Edwards's first three terms of office. Edwards' tenure in the s coincided with a huge boom in the state's oil and gas industry after the gas pricing crisis of Edwards was able to greatly expand the state's oil revenues by basing severance taxes on a percentage of the price of each barrel rather than the former flat rate.
Published October 27, at 6: Fantastic conditions for early next week Clear skies through mid-week ahead of our next cold front poised to move through SWLA on Halloween. Published October 27, at 3: Fire death of year old boy reminder that smoke alarms save lives By. Fantastic weekend weather ahead By. Published October 26, at Scores and highlights Live scoreboard from Friday night's football games. After the games, join us online for TDL Overtime at 11 p. Published October 26, at 7: Military mom surprises daughter at school What seemed as an ordinary Friday at Lake Charles Charter Academy turned out to be a ploy for something truly special.
Fire death of year old, grim reminder of need for smoke detectors Fire death of year old grim reminder of the need for smoke detector. Published October 26, at 6: Suspect in package bombs charged with 5 federal crimes, faces up to 58 years in prison The suspect arrested in a mass package bomb plot is charged with five federal crimes that could put him away for up to 58 years.
Published October 26, at 5: October 26 October State organization looking to help man who claims he was racially profiled at LCMH After the all clear was given Thursday, Edgar Sanchez stepped forward saying he was the man question by police. Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera named in defamation lawsuits The state legislative auditor could soon be on trial over comments he made to the news media.
Local attorney, Jill Craft, claims Daryl Purpera smeared the images of two of her clients. Three Lake Charles men indicted on first-degree murder charges Three Lake Charles men have been indicted on first-degree murder charges. Published October 26, at 2: Noise expected from Sasol plant due to testing Noise is expected from the Sasol plant due to intermittent plant system testing. Three vehicle accident near I bridge Louisiana State Police report that there has been a three vehicle crash near the I bridge.
Published October 26, at 1: Fantastic weather through early next week Sunny skies stick around through early next week before we see our next chance for rain. Cellphone battery ignites fire at DeRidder High School, no injuries reported The fire happened around Orgeron sparks Cowboys to win over UCA and back into first place. Student brings pellet gun to Henry Heights Elementary Parents were notified by phone call and via social media.
Fantastic weekend weather ahead For those high school football games and other outdoor events this evening, the weather looks fantastic with temperatures in the middle to upper 60s at kickoff and into the lower 60s through the game! Law enforcement and hospital discuss safety procedures following lockdown While police say the incident at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital turned out to not be a threat, it was a scary situation for some at the hospital.
Published October 25, at Manhunt ramps up for package bomber amid more scares, including at Feinstein office The evacuation Thursday evening at the Time Warner Center, where CNN is located, appeared to be precautionary. The package found at Feinstein's office was a false alarm.
Published October 25, at 9: Man accused of having a gun at LCMH speaks out Edgar Sanchez says the whole incident was the result of racial profiling and says the incident was unimaginable. Published October 25, at 7: Barbe student says he was handcuffed, shoved in locker A Barbe high football player says he was handcuffed, put in a locker and sprayed with water.
Published October 25, at 6: Report of man with gun at LCMH turns out to be false, draws large police presence A possible active shooter situation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Thursday ended without a gun being found. Authorities said a man was taken into custody on the sixth floor, but he was released after no gun was found.
Edgar Sanchez says he was in the gift shop attempting to buy balloons, candy and a teddy bear, but left after no one waited on him. Authorities say witnesses reported a man with a possible gun was reported by the gift sh. Published October 25, at 5: Lake Charles Memorial releases statement on lockdown Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has released a statement following a lockdown today.
Published October 25, at 3: Sunny skies through next week Sunny skies sticking around through next week with a dry cold front moving through Sunday reinforcing these cooler temperatures. Published October 25, at 1: Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi died in planned killing, Turkish evidence shows A statement from Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb attributed the conclusion about a calculated killing, one of the initial findings of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation, to information from Turkish counterparts.
Mother arrested after year-old son dies in Singer camper fire The fire happened around midnight. New DOTD flashing yellow arrow traffic signal The flashing yellow arrow means to yield to oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and a safe gap before turning left. Published October 25, at 4: Construction set to start on Louisiana Avenue Monday morning Huber says it's not so much on the top, but rather underneath, where a lot of concrete patching, joint repairs, and an overall cleanup to protect from future erosion is going to be the focus of their work.
Published October 24, at Second suspect arrested in Starks arson On Sept. Investigators learned the fire occurred in early August and was one of three camper fires on the property in recent months. Traffic kept interstate drivers bumper to bumper An accident at the base of the Calcasieu River Bridge just before noon Tuesday left traffic at a standstill for four hours, at times completely closing the interstate. Westlake construction company educates high school students on industry related jobs Westlake construction company educates high school students on industry related jobs.
Published October 24, at 7: How do I keep people off of my property? Be careful traveling in fog and remember to use low beams on your vehicle! Through the day on Monday skies remain clear with ample sunshine. I think this will warm us up a little bit warmer than today up just a few degrees. Overnight we cool back into the low 60s. Tuesday expect much of the same with some clouds starting to build in ahead of a cold front poised to pass through the area Wednesday night.
During the day on Wednesday we could see a few isolated showers pop-up ahead of the front, but I think that main chance for rain will come later into the evening hours. Models are keeping constant with rain starting to move in during the evening hours, but the heaviest of the rainfall holding off until later overnight into Thursday morning. This cold front swiftly moves out of the area and it looks like we will just see some lingering clouds by lunch time on Thursday.
Winds will shift to out of the north behind the front and help cool temperatures down through Thursday and even keep them cool through the beginning half of the weekend.
Out in the tropics we are watching Tropical Storm Oscar. This system developed out in the middle of the Atlantic and is expected to curve back on into the Atlantic before dissipating.
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