Edwin Edwards Running For Congress

Mar 17, 2014

Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana who served eight years in federal prison for corruption is now running for Congress. The 86-year-old Edwards wants to represent the Louisiana 6th District in the House of Representatives.

The former governor is barred from running for a state seat, but not a federal office.

Edwards is a Democrat. The district, which stretches from Baton Rouge to coastal Louisiana, is dominated by Republicans.

Several have announced intentions to campaign for the seat. Edwards served four terms as governor: two in the 1970s, another in the 1980s, and his final term in 1991.

After his release from prison in 2011, he and his wife Trina — a Republican 50 years his junior — starred in a reality television show. He says he now wants to concentrate on agricultural and public works projects.