Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III ( born October 4, 1943 in Bossier City, Louisiana) is an American politician. He was from 1988 to 1992 Governor of the State of Louisiana. He also represented his state 1981-1988 in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.
Early years and political rise
After high school Roemer studied until 1964 Politics and Economics at Harvard University and thereafter until 1967, the finance at the Harvard Business School. In his hometown He then founded two banks, a computer company and a political consulting agency. Roemer was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1972 he was a member of Congress to revise the Constitution of Louisiana. Between January 1981 and March 14, 1988 3 he represented his state as a deputy in Congress. There he fell on the fact that he often supported the policy of the Republican President Ronald Reagan.
Governor of Louisiana
In 1987, Roemer was elected as the successor to Edwin Edwards as the new governor of his state. He began his four-year term on 14 March 1988. During his tenure, teachers' salaries were increased, the environmental protection improved with new laws and new rules on campaign financing. His proposals to change the tax system, however, remained in the Legislature of the State of stuck. In 1991, Roemer switched his party affiliation and became a member of the Republican Party. This led both the Democrats as well as Republicans to irritation. In his new party, he could not get a foothold at the time. As it at the next gubernatorial election, in which he had no chance to a duel between his predecessor Edwards and David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, came Roemer supported then Edwards.
In 1995, Roemer applied unsuccessfully for a return to the governorship. Thereafter he devoted himself to his private affairs, including mainly include investment business. During the presidential campaign of 2008 he supported John McCain, the defeated Republican candidate. He is currently the CEO of a bank in Baton Rouge. Roemer was married twice and has three children.
On 3 March 2011 Roemer announced his potential candidacy for the presidential elections of 2012. He promised at the same time, per person to only accept donations up to an amount of $ 100.