Mary Landrieu started her career in public service in 1979, when she was elected to serve as a member of the Louisiana State Legislature. For eight years, she championed causes related to women and children and education reform. In 1987, she was elected State Treasurer, and served with distinction for two terms. Strong fiscal management, pension reform, and the creation of the first ever municipal investment fund, now valued at over $2 billion, are some of her many accomplishments.
After a vigorous but unsuccessful race for Governor of Louisiana, she was elected to the United States Senate in the fall of 1996, and became the first women from Louisiana elected to serve a full term in the United States Senate. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and Chairman of the Small Business Committee, and as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she made her mark in a number of important areas. Most notable of her legislative accomplishments were the passage of the landmark Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, the Israel American Energy Alliance, the RESTORE Act, the single largest one term environmental investment in the Gulf Coast in the history of the nation, and the Small Business Job Act of 2010.
Mary Landrieu is married to Frank Snellings. They have two children and one grandchild.