Richard Alvin Tonry

Richard Alvin Tonry ( born June 25, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana; † July 3, 2012 in Lumberton, Mississippi ) was an American politician. Between January and May 1977, he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Tonry attended several Catholic schools in his hometown of New Orleans. In 1953 he graduated from Jesuit High School. After that, he was until 1962 at Spring Hill College in Alabama and at Georgetown University in Washington. After a subsequent study of law at Loyola University in New Orleans and its made ​​in 1967 admitted to the bar he began in Arabi and Chalmette to work in his new profession.

Politically, Tonry joined the Democratic Party. In 1976 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana. In the congressional elections of the same year he was elected in the first district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Felix Edward Hébert on January 3, 1977. But since it was been some irregularities during his election campaign, because of which he was convicted, he soon came under political pressure. For this reason he joined on May 4, 1977 by his mandate back. At the same time, he ran again in the election for the discontinued due from him seat in Congress. But He could not prevail within his party to. The by-election was won by the Republican Bob Livingston. This was the first Republican Congressman of the first district of Louisiana since Reconstruction.

In 1983, Richard Tonry ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives from Louisiana. After he retired from politics and worked as a private attorney. Most recently, he lived in Arabi.