Elaine S. Edwards

American politician (1929-2018)

Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards (March 8, 1929 – May 14, 2018)[1][2] was a former United States Senator from Louisiana. She was a member of the Democratic Party. Edwards was the wife of Edwin Edwards, the former Governor of Louisiana. They were married from 1949 until they divorced in 1989.[3] She was a Senator for three and a half months during 1972.[4] Edwards was born in Marksville, Louisiana.[4]

Elaine Edwards in early 1970s

Edwards died on May 14, 2018 at her daughter's home in Denham Springs, Louisiana of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 89.[5]


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  2. "Elaine Edwards, former Louisiana governor's first wife". Hastings Tribune. May 14, 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. Manuscripts, Volumes 31-32, Manuscript Society, New York (1979), p. 279
  4. 4.0 4.1 Matthew Andrew Wasniewski; et al., Women in Congress, 1917-2006 (Washington: Government printing office, 2006), p. 467
  5. Elaine Edwards. Louisiana former first lady, dies at 89:report