Edwin Edwards facts for kids
|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.
|Spouse(s)||Elaine Schwartzenburg 1949–1989
Candace Picou (1994–2004)
Trina Grimes Scott (2011–present)
|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 (born August 7, 1927) is 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.
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.
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.
Images for kids
Edwards shakes hands with President Gerald Ford, April 1976
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