Profile of Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana:
Sen. Landrieu is a conservative Democrat, and was a member of the "Gang of 14" centrist senators who famously crafted a 2005 compromise to the threatened filibuster of judicial nominees.
Since that embarrassing moment, Landrieu has been an unrelenting advocate for Louisiana and for rebuilding New Orleans.
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Mary Landrieu on the Issues:
Due to her support for expansion of U.S. oil drilling and for her many pro-business stances, her record is viewed as mediocre on developing U.S. energy independence and on pro-environmental issues.
Senate Committees in the 112th Congress, 2011-2012:
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, Chair
- Appropriations Committee
- Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy, Water Development
- Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services
- Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, Education
- Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
- Homeland Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, Chair
- Homeland Subcommittee on State, Local, Private Sector Preparedness
- Energy & Natural Resources Committee
- Worked in real estate after LSU graduation, 1977
- State House of Representatives, 1980-88
- Louisiana State Treasurer, 1988-96
- Unsuccessful run for Governorship, 1995
- Birth - November 23, 1955 in Arlington, Virginia
- Education - Ursaline Academy, a private Catholic girls high school, where she was student body president; BA in Sociology, Louisiana State University, 1977, where she was active in Delta Gamma sorority.
- Family - Married to attorney-developer Frank Snellings; two adopted children, Connor and Mary Shannon.
- Faith - Roman Catholic
- Interests - Horseback riding
The Mary Landrieu Persona:
The Landrieu Family in Lousiana Politics:
Meanwhile, FEMA, now a shell of what it once was, continues to be overwhelmed by the task at hand. I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims --far more efficiently than buses-- FEMA again dragged its feet.
Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency. But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe.
Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast -- black and white, rich and poor, young and old-- deserve far better from their national government.
Mr. President, I'm imploring you once again to get a cabinet-level official stood up as soon as possible to get this entire operation moving forward regionwide with all the resources --military and otherwise-- necessary to relieve the unmitigated suffering and economic damage that is unfolding."