Mary Loretta Landrieu ( born November 23, 1955 in Arlington, Virginia) is an American politician (Democratic Party). Since 1997 ( the 1996 election, re- election in 2002 and 2008) it belongs to the U.S. Senate for the state of Louisiana.
Mary Landrieu is the oldest of nine children of former U.S. Minister of Construction and the mayor of New Orleans, Maurice Edwin " Moon" Landrieu, and his wife Verna. One of her brothers, Mitch Landrieu, is since 2010 also mayor of New Orleans and was previously Deputy Governor of Louisiana. Mary Landrieu was raised in New Orleans and studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge ( Bachelor of Arts 1977). She is married to attorney Frank Snellings. The couple has two adopted children. Mary Landrieu is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mary Landrieu was from 1980 to 1988 the House of Representatives from Louisiana. From 1988 to 1996 she was Minister of Finance (state treasurer ) of Louisiana. In 1995, she ran unsuccessfully for governor of Louisiana. She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. Giving you the edge in the election was extremely low, which led to an unsuccessful challenge to the result by their Republican opponents Woody Jenkins. 2002 and 2008 she was re-elected. Since 2009 she has been in the Senate Chair of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Landrieu is true - as their predecessors as senators from Louisiana, John Breaux and Bennett Johnston - as one of the more conservative members of the Democratic Party.