U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond will hold a news conference Tuesday to address the future of his Louisiana congressional seat, according to a statement.
Richmond’s decision comes amid widespread speculation that the New Orleans Democrat could be tapped for a White House job under President-elect Joe Biden.
Richmond, who’s served in Congress for the past decade and was just re-elected to a sixth term, was an early and prominent supporter of Biden’s presidential bid, serving as national co-chair of Biden’s campaign and co-chair of his presidential transition team.
With chatter building that Cedric Richmond could resign his congressional seat to take a position in President-elect Joe Biden’s new administr…
A spokesperson for Richmond’s congressional office referred questions to his campaign office, which didn’t immediately return a message seeking additional details. The news conference is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Several key allies of Richmond, including House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, have publicly lobbied Biden to hire Richmond for a job in the administration.
Richmond, 47, has so far brushed aside questions about potential plans to leave Congress. But that’s done little to tamp down expectations among in the Washington media and those in and around Louisiana politics.
Anticipation of a move for Richmond has spurred some behind-the-scenes jockeying among potential candidates to replace him in Congress. Some of the speculation surfaced publicly last week after a Democratic pollster gauged voters in the district about several possible candidates.
Richmond’s congressional district is majority Black and voters in the district tend to overwhelmingly back Democrats. If Richmond were to leave the job, the open congressional seat is expected to draw considerable interest from a wide range of current and former Democratic politicians.
The district includes most of New Orleans, portions of Jefferson Parish, much of the River Parishes and parts of Baton Rouge.