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Laurence Allen Elder

Also Known As: "Elder Larry"
Birthplace: South Central area, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Randolph Elder and Viola Patricia Elder
Brother of Kirk Elder and Private
Half brother of Private and Private

Occupation: political commentator; talk show host; attorney; columnist; author
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Larry Elder

Laurence Allen Elder (born April 27, 1952) is an American right-wing political commentator and conservative talk radio host. Elder hosts The Larry Elder Show, based in California. The show began as a local program on Los Angeles radio station KABC in 1993 and ran until 2008, followed by a second run on KABC from 2010 to 2014. The show is nationally syndicated, first through ABC Radio Networks from 2002 to 2007 and then Salem Media Group from 2015 to 2022. He maintains ties to The Epoch Times, a far-right newspaper published by the Falun Gong movement.

Elder, a former attorney, has written nonfiction books and a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate. He is the author of As Goes California: My Mission to Rescue the Golden State and Save the Nation.

In 2021, Elder made his first run for elected office, as a Republican candidate in the recall election of California's Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. The recall was defeated by a wide margin, with Elder placing first among the replacement candidates. On April 20, 2023, Elder announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election.


  • Father: Randolph Elder
  • Mother: Viola Conley
  • Siblings: Older brother Kirk, younger brother Dennis
  • Spouse: unnamed, married 1992, divorced 1994


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Larry Elder's Timeline

April 27, 1952
South Central area, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
- 1974
Brown University
- 1977
University of Michigan Law School