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William Jefferson's Biography

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Full Name:

William J. Jefferson




Wife: Andrea; 5 Children: Jamila, Jalila, Jelani, Nailah, Akilah

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Lake Providence, LA

Home City:

New Orleans, LA



LLM, Taxation, Georgetown University, 1996

JD, Harvard Law School, 1972

BA, Political Science/English, Southern University A&M College, 1969


Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2008

Gubernatorial Candidate, State of Louisiana, 1999

Senator, Louisiana State Senate, 1980-1991

Mayoral Candidate, City of New Orleans, 1982, 1986

Co-Chair, Africa Trade and Investment Caucus

Experience, Congressional Black Caucus

Co-Chair, Congressional Brazil Caucus Nigeria

Experience, Congressional Children's Working Group

Experience, Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Experience, Congressional Competitive Caucus

Experience, Congressional Friends of Animals

Associate Member, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Experience, Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus

Co-Chair, Congressional Nigeria Caucus

Experience, Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus

Experience, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

Experience, Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus

Experience, Congressional Urban Caucus

Co-Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Experience, Steering Committee

Law Clerk, Honorable Albin B. Rubin, Eastern District of Louisiana, United States District Court

Attorney, Jefferson, Bryan, Jupiter, Lewis and Blanson

Legislative Assistant, United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston

Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army, 1969-1975

Board of Directors Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Trustee, Greater Saint Stephen Full Gospel Church

Experience, Southern University Foundation Board

Experience, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

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-Legislator of the Year, Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), 2004
-Maritime Service Award, Washington, D.C. Propeller Club, 2004
-Iberville Award, New Orleans Magazine, 2002
-Distinguished Service Award, Washington International Trade Association, 2002
-Legislator of the Year, Alliance for Good Government.