Report: Louisiana Congressman to leave for role in White House

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden greets Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, as he arrives at Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ga., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, to travel to Warm Springs, Ga. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond is leaving for a role in the Biden White House.

According to NBC News, Richmond is officially joining the Biden administration in a senior role, with a portfolio that includes public engagement.

Richmond currently represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes New Orleans.

Political analyst John Couvillion says whoever takes his seat will most likely be a democrat as well.

Potential contenders for the seat include former Congressman and Baton Rouge State Senator Cleo Fields, New Orleans State Senators Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson, and New Orleans Councilmember Helena Moreno. Couvillon says if one of these candidates win, it can mean other big changes.

“If you’re talking about people of that caliber quite possibly running and one of them wins, then you start talking about the domino effect in the New Orleans and or Baton Rouge level,” he said. [That] can certainly have subsequent effects or impacts with regards to either the New Orleans Mayoral race or the Louisiana state senate.”

Couvillion predicts the race will favor a New Orleans based candidate but says it’s still anyone’s game.

Richmond has schedule a news conference for Tuesday morning.

Richmond was one of Joe Biden’s early backers when he first announced his run for the White House and served as co-chair of Biden’s national campaign.

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