President Joe Biden tapped former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to lead the implementation of the roughly $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the White House announced on Sunday.
Landrieu, a 61-year-old Democrat, was named senior advisor and infrastructure coordinator ahead of the expected signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Monday, where he “will oversee the most significant and comprehensive investments in American infrastructure in generations.”
The White House trumpeted Landrieu’s leadership as ex-Mayor of the Big Easy, a position he held from 2010 to 2018 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to his time as mayor, Landrieu served two terms as lieutenant governor and 16 years in the state legislature.
Landrieu made the controversial decision to take down four Confederate monuments in the city, which gained national attention and earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife Cheryl and their five children.
“I am thankful to the President and honored to be tasked with coordinating the largest infrastructure investment in generations,” Landrieu said in a statement.
“Our work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state and local leaders, business and labor to create good-paying jobs and rebuild America for the middle class. We will also ensure these major investments achieve the President’s goals of combating climate change and advancing equity.”