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Senator Wesley T. Bishop
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Louisiana State Senator Wesley T. Bishop
District 4

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 of Louisiana.

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.  In 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.  In that capacity he served on the Appropriations, Ways and Means, Education, Commerce, Joint Budget and Capital Outlay and Municipal & Local Affairs committees.  In addition, he was selected by his peers to serve as the 1st Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. 

Initially 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.  In 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 President.  He earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi - where he finished first in his class.  Additionally, he received a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.   In addition:

·         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 Association.

·         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 state government.

·         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 Good Government.

·         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 School.

·         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 New Orleans.

·         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 Defense Fund.

·         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 Foundation.

·         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

A husband, 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 Fraternity, Inc.



 


Senator Wesley T. Bishop
Contact:

District Office
7240 Crowder Blvd. Suite 402 New Orleans, LA 70127

District Phone
(504)242-4198

Fax
(504)242-6116

E-mail Address
bishopw@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant
Diedre Pierce

Related Links:
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Questions and comments may be directed to websen@legis.la.gov
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.