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Remembering Governor Buddy Roemer

Governor Buddy Roemer


We’re remembering Governor Buddy Roemer, who has died at age 77.  Roemer, a native of Bossier Parish, served as a delegate to the 1973 Constitutional Convention and represented Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District from 1981-1988.  He later served as Louisiana’s 52nd Governor from 1988-1992.  In a rare move for a sitting governor, Roemer changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in March 1991.  Here are a few of our best stories on Governor Roemer:



Buddy Roemer at 1980 Congressional Debate


4th Congressional District Debate (1980)

See Roemer’s first appearance on LPB in this Louisiana: The State We’re In report on a debate between the six candidates for the 4th Congressional District.


Congressman Buddy Roemer


Louisiana’s Changing Political Climate (1985)

In this report from Louisiana: The State We’re In, see Congressman Roemer weigh in on the retirement of Russell Long and Louisiana’s negative national image.


Congressman Buddy Roemer at 1987 LPB Debate


Gubernatorial Debate (1987)

Watch LPB’s gubernatorial debate between the five candidates for governor – Roemer, Billy Tauzin, Edwin Edwards, Jim Brown and Bob Livingston.



Governor Buddy Roemer



Buddy Roemer Elected Governor (1987)

Watch LPB’s coverage from Louisiana: The State We’re In of the election of Buddy Roemer following Edwin Edwards’ decision to drop out of the run-off election.


Inauguration of Governor Buddy Roemer



Inauguration (1988)

See LPB’s live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Buddy Roemer at the State Capitol, including his swearing-in by former Senator Russell Long.



Governor Buddy Roemer's Address to the People in 1988


Address to the People (1988)

View LPB’s live coverage of Governor Roemer’s address to the people from the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge on May 3, 1988.



Buddy Roemer, Dave Treen, and John McKeithen at the Old State Capitol


Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: The Grand Opening (1994)

Watch Governor Roemer participate in a Louisiana’s Governor’s Symposium along with former Governors John McKeithen and Dave Treen.



Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, and Mike Foster at the McLeod Lecture Series


Power of Politics: A Forum of Governors (2005)

View a McLeod Lecture Series panel discussion on the power of the Louisiana governor with Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, and Mike Foster.


Governor Buddy Roemer at the Louisiana Legends Gala



Louisiana Legends Gala (2010)

See a profile of Governor Roemer and his speech accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend at the 2010 gala.




Governor Buddy Roemer on Louisiana Legends


Louisiana Legends Interview (2010)

Watch Governor Roemer discuss his early life and political career in this Louisiana Legends interview with host Beth Courtney.


Former Governor Buddy Roemer



Scopena Interview (2017)

In this interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In, see Governor Roemer discuss his 2014 stroke and his book, Scopena: A Memoir of Home.




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