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Date and Location

November 4, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
L-163 Faculty Dining Room



The IOP is excited to welcome back the Honorable Mitch Landrieu to campus for a special Pizza and Politics discussion on leadership and American politics with focus on the Louisiana Governor's election on Nov. 16th.

When Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, he inherited a city in turmoil. NOLA and its people were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. The city was on the brink of bankruptcy, had the highest-in-the-nation murder rate, and a police department under federal investigation. In 2016, Landrieu was voted “America’s top turnaround mayor” in a survey of mayors, compiled by Politico

Under his inspiring leadership, New Orleans is currently recognized as one of the nation’s great comeback stories. The economy is growing and diversifying, in large part due to collaborative efforts Landrieu supported during his time in office. He fast-tracked several projects and secured billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and recreation, and critical infrastructure. He also brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, ethical contracting, and transparency to City Hall. And, by making public safety a top priority, Landrieu reformed the police department and drove down the city’s record number of homicides.

Speakers and Presenters

​The Honorable Mitch Landrieu, IOP Visiting Fellow, Spring 2019