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Who is Cedric Richmond? His wife, career and new job as Biden senior adviser

Olivia Olphin November 18, 2020
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Cedric Richmond, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has announced he’ll be leaving Congress to join Joe Biden’s new White House team. We take a look at what the job entails and Cedric Richmond’s wife and family life.

Who is Cedric Richmond?

Cedric Richmond is a congressman representing Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district for the Democrats. He was also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a close ally of Joe Biden during his 2020 election campaign.

Throughout his career, Richmond, 47, has also been part of the House Committee on House Ways and Means, the Committee on Homeland Security, the Democratic coalition and has served as a Democratic assistant to the majority whip.

He was born on 13 September 1973 in New Orleans.

Richmond received a Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, and a doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

Meet Cedric Richmond’s wife, Raquel Greenup

Cedric Richmond’s wife is Raquel Greenup. The couple are rumoured to have married in 2015. However, little is known about Raquel and the couple are private about their relationship.

They have one son and it seems Cedric is getting him started in politics early, as he was part of the 2020 Democratic convention:

Richmond has previously stated on his Instagram: “One of the greatest joys and responsibilities in life is fatherhood. Leading by example is a must since your children are always watching. They may even follow in your footsteps one day.”

New job in the White House

As quoted on his Instagram, Richmond’s new job in the White House is going to be as a senior adviser to the president. He will also take on duties as director of the office of public engagement in the White House.

Joe Biden said of Richmond’s new position: “America faces great challenges. And they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation.”

Richmond has said: “This new role will allow me to offer advice to the president when he wants it, maybe sometimes when he doesn’t want it.”

Although Richmond hasn’t left his congressional seat yet, he has said he will do that before Biden’s 20 January inauguration.

It hasn’t been an easy decision for Richmond. He said: “I am not leaving the people of Louisiana. I am not leaving the people of the second congressional district. I am New Orleans through and through. I bleed black and gold.”

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.