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A Year of Governors: Edwin Edwards

Gov. Edwin Edwards Addresses the Legislature in 1987

2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA!  Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor on the 15th of every month.

This month, we’re continuing our series with Governor Edwin Edwards (b. 1927).  Edwards, a native of Avoyelles Parish and resident of Crowley, represented Louisiana’s 7th Congressional District from 1965-1972.  He later served as Louisiana’s 50th Governor from 1972-1980, 1984-1988, and 1992-1996 and holds the distinction as Louisiana’s only four-term governor.  After his last term in office, Edwards served eight years in federal prison on racketeering, extortion, money laundering, mail fraud, and wire fraud charges.  In 2014, three years after his release from prison, Edwards made the run-off in an election for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.  Here are a few of our stories on Edwin Edwards:

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Profile from 1978

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Profile (1978)

See LPB’s earliest profile of Governor Edwards as he discusses the major issues of the 1978 Legislative Session on Louisiana: The State We’re In.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Interview in 1980

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Interview (1980)

In this interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In, watch Governor Edwards reflect on his first two terms in office.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Interview 1982

 

Campaign ’83 Preview (1982)

View this in-depth profile of Edwards from Louisiana: The State We’re In as he prepares to run for his third term against Governor Dave Treen.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards at 1983 debate

 

The Treen/Edwards Debates (1983)

See LPB’s Beth Courtney moderate two debates between Dave Treen and Edwin Edwards.  You can view the second debate here.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Sworn In for Third Term

 

Inauguration (1984)

Watch LPB’s live coverage of Edwards’ third inauguration at the State Capitol.  You can also see his 1992 inauguration here.

 

 

1985 report on the indictment of Gov. Edwin Edwards

 

Indictment of Gov. Edwin Edwards (1985)

View an in-depth Louisiana: The State We’re In report on the indictment of Gov. Edwards by a federal grand jury and a look back at his past scandals.

 

 

Debate between Edwin Edwards and David Duke

 

The Duke/Edwards Debate (1991)

See LPB’s Robert Collins moderate the run-off debate between Edwin Edwards and David Duke for the 1991 gubernatorial election.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Interview on Louisiana Legends

 

Louisiana Legends Interview (1994)

Check out Governor Edwards’ wide-ranging interview on his life and career with host Gus Weill. You can see part 2 of the interview here.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards at CABL Governor's Forum

 

Four Governors, One Event (2012)

In honor of CABL’s 50th anniversary, see Governor Edwards participate in a panel discussion with former Governors Roemer, Foster, and Blanco.

 

 

Gov. Edwin Edwards Interview in 2014

 

Edwin Edwards Interview (2014)

In this interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In, watch Edwards discuss his campaign for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.

 

 

 

To see more videos of Governor Edwin Edwards, click here.

 

Governors of Louisiana

Join us on June 15th to learn more about the life and career of Dave Treen.

Until then, you can check out our past posts on Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, Jimmie Davis, and John McKeithen. You can also explore more stories on Louisiana Governors!