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Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer, III

Also Known As: "Buddy Roemer"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Bossier City, LA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Elson Roemer, II and Adeline Roemer
Husband of <private> Roemer (Crocker)
Brother of <private> Roemer

Occupation: Governor of Louisiana, Computer businessman; U.S. Representative
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Buddy Roemer

"Buddy" Roemer won the governorship without a majority vote, a point which somewhat weakened his administration.. Roemer led in the primary with 33 percent to Edwin Edwards' 28 percent. Edwards withdrew from the election and Roemer, another in a long, but frequently interrupted line of Louisiana reform governors took office.

Roemer increased teacher pay, strengthened the Department of Environmental Quality to enforce environmental laws, and toughened the laws on campaign finance.

The legislature, however, defeated his efforts to revamp the tax system by opposing his attempt to revise property tax exemption, preferring instead to renew "temporary" sales taxes. Furthermore, Roemer's education reform program was bitterly opposed by certain organizations.

Late in his term Roemer switched parties and joined the Republicans, but never won the full allegiance of long term members of the state G0P. Despite a scandal-free administration, he failed to increase the support he received in the 1987 election. Governor Roemer came in third in the '91 campaign losing to a controversial pair of politicians who incited strong feelings--Edwin Edwards and David Duke.

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Buddy Roemer's Timeline

October 4, 1943
Bossier City, LA, USA
Harvard University