|50th Governor of Louisiana|
January 13, 1992 – January 8, 1996
|Preceded by||Buddy Roemer|
|Succeeded by||Mike Foster|
March 12, 1984 – March 14, 1988
|Preceded by||Dave Treen|
|Succeeded by||Buddy Roemer|
May 9, 1972 – March 10, 1980
|Preceded by||John McKeithen|
|Succeeded by||Dave Treen|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 7th district
October 2, 1965 – May 9, 1972
|Preceded by||Ashton Thompson|
|Succeeded by||John Breaux|
Edwin Washington Edwards
August 7, 1927
Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||July 12, 2021 (aged 93)|
Gonzales, Louisiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elaine Schwartzenburg 1949–1989|
Candace Picou (1994–2004)
Trina Grimes Scott (2011–2021)
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1945–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Edwin Washington Edwards (August 7, 1927 – July 12, 2021) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the U.S. Representative from 1965 to 1972 and as the 50th Governor of Louisiana for four terms (1972–1980, 1984–1988 and 1992–1996), twice as many elected terms as any other Louisiana chief executive.
Political career[change | change source]
He served a total of sixteen years in office, the sixth-longest serving gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,784 days. He was a colorful, powerful and legendary figure in Louisiana politics. Edwards, who has been dubbed the "very last of the line of New Deal Southern Democrats", was long dogged by charges of corruption.
Conviction and imprisonment[change | change source]
In 2001, he was found guilty of racketeering charges and sentenced to ten years in Federal prison. Edwards began serving his sentence in October 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas, and was later transferred to the federal facility in Oakdale, Louisiana. Edwards was released from federal prison in January 2011, after serving eight years.
Without a pardon, Edwards remains ineligible to seek the governorship until 15 years have passed from the end of his sentence. In 2013, Edwards co-starred, alongside his third wife Trina, in an A&E reality show, The Governor's Wife based on their life together. In 2014, Edwards ran in the 2014 election to represent Louisiana's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He placed first in the jungle primary, but was crushed by nearly 25 points in the runoff election.
Personal life[change | change source]
Edwards was born in Marksville, Louisiana. He studied at Louisiana State University. Edwards was married to Elaine Schwartzenburg from 1949 until they divorced in 1989. Then he was married to Candace Picou from 1994 until they divorced in 2004. Then he married his current wife, Trina Grimes Scott in 2011. Edwards has four children with Elaine and one with Trina.
Edwards was sent to hospice care for pain in his lungs in Gonzales, Louisiana on July 6, 2021. He died six days later on July 12 at the age of 93. The cause of death was respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.
References[change | change source]
- Ostermeier, Eric (April 10, 2013). "The Top 50 Longest-Serving Governors of All Time". Smart Politics. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Bill Nichols (April 10, 2014). "Edwin Edwards' last stand". Politico. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Lauren McGaughy (October 29, 2013). "Former Gov. Edwin Edwards considering return to politics". NOLA.com.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 26, 2013). "A&E Network Premieres 'The Governor's Wife' on Sunday October 27 at 10PM". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- Stanley, Alessandra (October 25, 2013). "Real Politician of Louisiana, at Home". The New York Times.
- "Ex-Con Ex-Governor Running for Congress". Bloomberg. February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- "Runoff election returns, December 6, 2014". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- Dominic Messa (December 13, 2016). "Former Governor Edwin Edwards in Hospital With Pneumonia". WWLTV.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- JR Ball (December 13, 2016). "Former Gov. Edwin Edwards hospitalized, recovering from pneumonia". NOLA.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- Edwin Edwards in hospice care at Louisiana home
- Former La. Governor Edwin Edwards has died at 93
- Edwin Edwards, Louisiana populist who served 4 terms as governor and 8 years in prison, dies at 93