John Bel Edwards

American politician and lawyer, Louisiana

John Bel Edwards (born September 16, 1966) is an American attorney and Democratic Party politician. He was the Governor of Louisiana from 2016 to 2024.[1] 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
In office
January 11, 2016 – January 8, 2024
LieutenantBilly Nungesser
Preceded byBobby Jindal
Succeeded byJeff Landry
Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
January 9, 2012 – December 10, 2015
Preceded byJane Smith
Succeeded byGene Reynolds
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 72nd district
In office
January 14, 2008 – December 10, 2015
Preceded byRobby Carter
Succeeded byRobby Carter
Personal details
Born (1966-09-16) September 16, 1966 (age 57)
Amite, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Donna Hutto
Alma materU.S. Military Academy
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1988–1996
Unit25th Infantry Division
82nd Airborne Division

Edwards was born in Amite City, Louisiana.[2] Many of his family members have been police officers,[3] and in the 19th century they owned a lot of slaves.[4] Edwards was an officer in the United States Army then a lawyer before he decided to run for governor.[5]

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  1. Levine, Sam (22 November 2015). "John Bel Edwards Wins Louisiana Gubernatorial Election" – via Huff Post.
  2. Sentell, Will (September 22, 2015). "Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards". The New Orleans World Advocate. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  3. "Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office". Facebook. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2020-10-26.

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