John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards (born September 16, 1966) is an American attorney and Democratic Party politician. He is the Governor of Louisiana since January 2016. He was elected on November 21, 2015. He was a member of and the Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives, having represented the 72nd District from 2008 through 2016.
John Bel Edwards
|56th Governor of Louisiana|
|Assumed office |
January 11, 2016
|Preceded by||Bobby Jindal|
|Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives|
January 9, 2012 – December 10, 2015
|Preceded by||Jane Smith|
|Succeeded by||Gene Reynolds|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives|
from the 72nd district
January 14, 2008 – December 10, 2015
|Preceded by||Robby Carter|
|Succeeded by||Robby Carter|
|Born||September 16, 1966|
Amite, Louisiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||U.S. Military Academy|
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1988–1996|
|Unit||25th Infantry Division|
82nd Airborne Division
Edwards was born in Amite City, Louisiana. Many of his family members have been police officers, and in the 19th century they owned a lot of slaves. Edwards was an officer in the United States Army then a lawyer before he decided to run for governor.
- Levine, Sam (22 November 2015). "John Bel Edwards Wins Louisiana Gubernatorial Election" – via Huff Post.
- Sentell, Will (September 22, 2015). "Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards". The New Orleans World Advocate. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
- "Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office". Facebook. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
- Burns, Robert (2019-10-02). "After Sound Off Louisiana poses simple question of Gov. Edwards' stand on reparations for slavery, two national publications follow supplying evidence of his family's extensive past slave ownership to include "spacious family homes" built entirely by uncompensated slave labor". Sound Off Louisiana. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
The 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules shows that Edwards’ great-great-great grandfather Daniel Edwards, a resident of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, owned 57 slaves. That same census showed that Daniel Edwards’ son, Gov. Edwards’ great-great grandfather Nicholas Stone Edwards, a resident of nearby Ward 1 in Washington Parish, Louisiana, owned 33 slaves. … The Edwards family was one of the largest slave holding families in Louisiana in 1860, and was near the top one percent of slave holding families in the entire country at that time, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, 1970.
- Sentell, Will (2015-09-22). "Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards promotes life story to voters | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana". The New Orleans Advocate. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
- Edwards for Governor campaign site
- Louisiana House of Representatives - John Bel Edwards official government website
- Election results