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Edwin Edwards
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50th Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 13, 1992 – January 8, 1996
Lieutenant Melinda Schwegmann
Preceded by Buddy Roemer
Succeeded by Mike Foster
In office
March 12, 1984 – March 14, 1988
Lieutenant Bobby Freeman
Preceded by Dave Treen
Succeeded by Buddy Roemer
In office
May 9, 1972 – March 10, 1980
Lieutenant Jimmy Fitzmorris
Preceded by John McKeithen
Succeeded by Dave Treen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th district
In office
October 2, 1965 – May 9, 1972
Preceded by Ashton Thompson
Succeeded by John Breaux
Personal details
Edwin Washington Edwards

(1927-08-07)August 7, 1927
Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
Died July 12, 2021(2021-07-12) (aged 93)
Gonzales, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elaine Schwartzenburg 1949–1989
Candace Picou (1994–2004)
Trina Grimes Scott (2011–2021)
Children Anna
Alma mater Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Military service
Allegiance  United States
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

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

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 LA'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

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.

In 2015, Edwards was hospitalized for pneumonia. On December 13, 2016, Edwards was hospitalized under stable condition again for pneumonia in Baton Rouge.

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 problems caused by pneumonia.

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