Louisiana Governor, US Congressman. He served as the Governor of Louisiana for four 4-year terms (May 9, 1972 to March 10, 1980, March 12, 1984 to March 14, 1988, and January 13, 1992 to January 8, 1996). He also served in the United States House of Representatives from the 7th District of Louisiana from October 2, 1965 to May 9, 1972. After serving briefly in the United States Navy Air Corps at the end of the Second World War, he attended Louisiana State University Law Center. After graduating from law school, he began practicing law in Crowley, Louisiana. He entered politics in 1954, when he won election to the Crowley City Council. He served on the city council until 1964 when he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate, where he would serve until 1965. During his tenure in the State Senate, he was a floor leader for Governor John McKeithen. In 1965, he ran, as a Democrat, for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in a special election to succeed Rep. T. Ashton Thompson, who was killed in a car accident. He was successful in the election and went on to serve in the House for the next seven years before deciding to run for the governorship of Louisiana in 1972. In February of 1972, he was successful in the general election against Republican David C. Treen and went to serve eight years as governor before stepping down in 1980. He ran again for the governorship in 1984 and was successful in winning a second term. His second tenure lasted four years after he lost the 1987 election to fellow Democrat Rep. Buddy Roemer. Four years later, he ran again and was successful in defeating controversial Republican David Duke for the position. His third and final term lasted for four years before he stepped down in 1996. In 2001, he was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined $250,000 for extorting payoffs from people who had applied for riverboat casino licenses. He later requested a pardon from President George W. Bush, but was denied and was released from prison in 2011. After he was released in 2011, he and his wife were featured in the A&E reality series "The Governor's Wife." In 2014, he made an unsuccessful run for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Elaine Lucille Schwartzenburg Edwards
1929–2018 (m. 1949)