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Congressman Cedric Richmond represents Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. In November, he was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, which was established in 1971 and has, for the 115th Congress, a historic 49 members.

Congressman Richmond currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Outside of Committee service, he is also an active member of the New Democrat Coalition.
As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Richmond works to ensure New Orleans and surrounding communities are adequately prepared for any emergency through oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). He also works to ensure the security of the nation's critical infrastructure, borders, and ports.

As a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, the second oldest standing committee in Congress, Congressman Richmond works with committee members to exercise oversight responsibility for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Congressman Richmond is a strong believer in the value of mentorship in his hometown. He is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and his Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. Congressman Richmond is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.