Biography of Mitchell J. Landrieu
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 in New Orleans. As Mayor, he has delivered major victories and everywhere you look, progress is being made.
Since taking office, Mayor Landrieu has worked to make the city safer by reforming the NOPD and launching NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce murders. The Mayor created the New Orleans Business Alliance, the first ever public-private partnership for economic development. Under his leadership, the group unveiled a five-year plan called ProsperityNOLA that targets five sectors to drive economic growth. To date, we’ve added over 4000 new jobs, home values are up, unemployment has remained below the national average and new retail is booming.
Mayor Landrieu initiated a blight reduction strategy that has reduced overall blight by well over 8,000 properties since 2010. The Mayor also helped secure nearly a half billion new dollars from FEMA for critical infrastructure and capital improvements, including road and drainage projects, park and playground renovations, and new criminal justice facilities.
Mayor Landrieu began his term facing a nearly $100 million mid-year budget hole, about 20% of City Hall’s overall budget, that he closed by cutting smart and reorganizing City services. To keep the budget balanced, he again cut City spending in 2011 and 2012, while still delivering better services. His administration has leveraged over $95 million in private, philanthropic and federal grant funds for key priorities.
According to the U.S. Census, New Orleans is the fastest growing major city in the U.S. The city ranked #1 metropolitan area for overall economic recovery by the Brookings Institute and most improved city for business by Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch. New Orleans received the World Tourism Award for outstanding accomplishments in the travel and hospitality industry and Forbes named New Orleans the #1 city for “brain gain.” Now, the city is moving forward towards its 300th anniversary in 2018. The people of New Orleans know what it’s like to win and want more of it.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Landrieu served as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor for six years, leading the effort after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild the tourism industry 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.
His political service began with the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he represented the Broadmoor neighborhood for 16 years. Landrieu also had a successful law practice for 15 years and became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution
Landrieu was educated at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Catholic University in Washington, and earned a law degree from Loyola University. He grew up as one of nine children in the Broadmoor neighborhood, where he developed a love for the City of New Orleans. Today, he and his wife Cheryl are raising five children of their own.