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Mary Landrieu

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 23, 1955(age 60)
Place of birthArlington, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseFrank Snellings
ChildrenConnor Snellings
Mary Shannon Snellings
ResidenceNew Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materLouisiana State University (B.A.)
Occupationreal estate agent
ReligionRoman Catholic
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1997
Serving with David Vitter
Preceded byJ. Bennett Johnston
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2009
Preceded byJohn Kerry
Louisiana State Treasurer
In office1988 - 1996
GovernorBuddy Roemer
Edwin Edwards
Succeeded byKen Duncan
Preceded byMary Evelyn Parker

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Mary Loretta Landrieu (c-eniconˈlændruː ; born November 23, 1955) is the senior United States Senator from the State of Louisiana and a member of the Democratic Party.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Landrieu was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated from Louisiana State University. She is the daughter of former New Orleans mayor and Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Moon Landrieu, and the sister of the current Mayor of New Orleans and former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Mitch Landrieu. After working as a real estate agent for several years, she was elected as a state representative (1980 � 1988) and state treasurer (1988 � 1996). She won a close race for the U.S. Senate in 1996; she was re-elected by increasing margins in 2002 and 2008.

Landrieu is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, often opposing her party's positions. Her opposition to the public option played a major role in the crafting of the health insurance reform bills of 2010. She became a spokeswoman for federal emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which devastated her state. She chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2005, she sponsored an unprecedented Senate resolution by which the US Senate apologized for its failure to enact anti-lynching legislation during the early 20th century, when it was very much needed.

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