Louisiana State Senator Wesley T. Bishop
Chosen by Ebony
magazine as one of the Top 30 Young Leaders in the Nation, State Senator
Wesley T. Bishop represents a new generation of political leadership which
is focused upon charting a progressive course of action for his
community. As such, he has worked across party lines to effectuate positive
social and economic change throughout the City of New Orleans and the State
Senator Bishop was elected on October, 2015 to
represent the Louisiana’s 4th
Senatorial District with 65% of the votes cast in a three person field.
that capacity, he serves as Vice Chair of the Senate & Governmental Affairs
committee, as well as a member of the Finance, Labor, Judiciary, Homeland
Security, Audit Advisory and Joint Budget committees.
Previously, he was re-elected in January 2011 to
represent House District 99 by a wide margin with 82% of the votes cast.
that capacity he served on the Appropriations, Ways and Means, Education,
Commerce, Joint Budget and Capital Outlay and Municipal & Local Affairs
In addition, he was selected by his peers
to serve as the 1st Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
elected in 2011 to represent a district that was severely damaged by
Hurricane Katrina, he was overwhelmingly chosen and received 75% of the
votes cast. During his rookie session as a lawmaker he was
instrumental in leading the fight to stop the merger of Southern University
at New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. In addition, he has worked
tirelessly to improve the quality of life in his district and city by
addressing the issues of crime and criminal justice reform, early childhood
and higher education, economic development/job creation and increasing
affordable housing options.
Prior to his legislative service, Senator Bishop
served on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and currently
serves as 3rd Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. At age 29,
Wesley was appointed by then New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial – current
National Urban League President - to serve on the Board of Directors for the
New Orleans International Airport.
As a result of that appointment, he became
the youngest airport commissioner in the country.
In addition, he served on Capitol Hill as
an Intern for Former United States Senator John Breaux (D-Louisiana).
A native of the lower ninth ward in New Orleans,
he currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean,
School of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at
Southern University at New Orleans.
this capacity, he is the youngest senior level administrator in the history
of the university.
He is also a practicing attorney and serves
Of Counsel at the Middleburg Riddle Group.
Senator Bishop holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice
from Southern University at New Orleans, where he served as Student Body
earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of
Mississippi - where he finished first in his class.
he received a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.
In 2019, he was inducted into the “McDonogh #35 Senior High School Wall of
Fame” which sought to highlight distinguished graduates of the first
African-American high school in Louisiana.
In 2017, he was given the Community Angel Award by the Community Voice
In 2017, he was one of 48 top state government officials from around the
country chosen by the Council of State Governments as a Henry Toll Fellow.
The Toll Fellowship program is one of the premier leadership development
program in the country designed for officials from all three branches of
In 2016, he was cited by Delta Kappa Gamma Society as a “Friend of
Education” for his contributions to the welfare of the children and the
future of education in the State of Louisiana.
Cited as an “A+ Legislator” by the Louisiana Association of Educators for
four consecutive years, 2012-2015.
In 2015, he was given the Education Choice Champion Award by the Louisiana
Federation for Children.
In 2014, he was chosen as the Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for
In 2014, he was chosen as the Elected Official/Neighborhood Hero by the
Neighborhood Partnership Network.
In 2014, was honored as a Drum Major for Education by Friends of King
In 2013, he was honored with the National Board Award by the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference for contributions advancing the course of
Civil Rights and Social Justice.
In 2013, he was chosen at the Legislator of the Year by the Louisiana
School-Based Health Alliance for his significant contributions towards
improving the health of kids and teens.
In 2013, he was given the Legislative Leadership Award by Citizens for One
He was twice elected to serve as an At-Large delegate for the State of
Louisiana for U.S. President Barack Obama (2012 & 2008)
In 2012, he was given the Champions for Children Award by the Children’s
In 2011, he was cited as a “Trailblazer” by Data News Weekly for his efforts
in helping to defeat an effort by then Governor Bobby Jindal to merge
Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans.
In 2011, he was one on 50 lawmakers selected from around the country to
participate in the Emerging Leaders Program of the State Legislative Leaders
In 2009, he was one of 80 educators from around the world chosen by Harvard
University as a fellow for the Institute for Educational Management Program.
In 2008, he was one of 30 college administrators chosen by the American
Association of State Colleges and Universities to participate in the
Millennium Leadership Institute which sought to identify and prepare the
next generation of university presidents.
Lastly, he was also chosen by National Association for Equal Opportunity in
Higher Education (NAFEO) for lifetime achievements honoring his alma mater -
Southern University at New Orleans.
In addition, his
board service has been long and distinguished:
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity
Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice
New Orleans/Louis Armstrong International Airport
McDonogh City Park Academy
St. Mary’s Academy
Total Community Action
father, attorney, educator, motivational speaker and award-winning
legislator, he is married to Judge Shannon Bruno Bishop and they are the
proud parents of two sons, John Wesley and Justin. The family attends
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha