The Roots of Music is honored to be a 2024 recipient of The Lewis Prize for Music

A distinguished former Democratic member of the United States House of  Representatives and founder of Richmond Consulting, LLC., Cedric Richmond is known  for his foresight, keen political intuition, and his commonsense approach to the 3-way  intersection of business, policy, and politics, that is the United States government.  

Congressman Cedric Richmond is the consummate public servant. He was elected to  Congress in 2010, proudly serving the people of Louisiana’s Second Congressional  District. Richmond was re-elected to six successive two-year terms. While in Congress,  he served on the House Committee on Small Business, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and  the all-powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. In recognition of Congressman  Richmond’s tireless work to deliver on social justice and to push corporate America to  address the absence of black representation at the highest levels of business, he was  elected as the youngest person to ever Chair the Congressional Black Caucus.  

Following a successful Congressional career, Richmond joined the Biden Administration  in 2021, as Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of  Public Engagement. In that role he directly engaged with constituencies that ranged from  the top CEO’s to Civil Rights Leaders to Youth Advocates.  

Before serving in Congress, Richmond practiced law in New Orleans. He earned a  Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from  Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from  Tulane University School of Law and is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School  of Government Executive Program for Senior Executives in Government. He has also  received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge,  Louisiana, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Richmond is active in the community and a highly sought-after public speaker. He is  married to Raquel Richmond, father of Cedric Richmond Jr., and is an avid golfer.