GENTILLY—It's time for the freshman to get to work. The start to 2011 means New Orleans politician Cedric Richmond will be a congressman now.
Young Congressman-elect Cedric Richmond is getting ready to assume his new role in the House of Representatives, when the freshman gets sworn in later this week.
"I'm excited. I go up tomorrow. We get our keys to our office, early on Monday morning and then the swearing-in is on Wednesday. So it's a very exciting time to go up and be part of 435 people representing this country," Richmond said.
Richmond is no newcomer to politics, coming to D.C. from Baton Rouge, and already having a good relationship not only with President Obama and Senator Landrieu, but also with New Orleans Mayor Landrieu and other local leaders.
"We have one focus and that is the metropolitan region and that is making sure that we create a city we all want to live in, a region we want to live in," Richmond said.
"I think he has great promise. I think like in congress when you start out young, you build up seniority over a long period of time and I think he's got a great future and I think he's going to be very helpful for us," Mayor Landrieu said.
Once Richmond sets up his congressional office, he says he's ready to get to work.
"Focus on the recovery and make sure that our infrastructure needs are being addressed, both on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish and in Orleans Parish, to make sure that people are safe, so we don't lose lives, so that we protect property," Richmond said.
Economy and crime are also important to Richmond who's about to enter the 112th congress.
Richmond replaces Joseph Cao -- who served one term in congress. Cao replaced longtime congressman William Jefferson.