April 09, 2014
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston
Bob Livingston (L ’68), who represented the New Orleans area in Congress for more than two decades and later founded one of the most respected, bipartisan government-relations firms in the nation’s capital, is set to address Tulane Law School’s graduating class as the 2014 commencement speaker.
The ceremony is scheduled for May 17 at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse, following Tulane’s university-wide event at 9 a.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Livingston, who also earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, is a U.S. Navy veteran and has led a long and distinguished career in public life. Soon after receiving his law degree, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans as deputy chief of the criminal division. He later was in charge of armed robbery prosecutions for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and then became chief of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Organized Crime Unit.
Elected to Congress in 1977, Livingston was the first Republican to represent New Orleans since Reconstruction. Voters reelected him 11 times. Livingston was popular, respected and powerful: He chaired the House Appropriations Committee, and his peers selected him as Speaker-delegate of the 106th Congress.
After leaving Congress in 1999, he founded The Livingston Group, which represents a wide array of business, government and nonprofit clients, including Tulane University and the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Livingston remains closely connected to his alma mater and, in 2012, donated his congressional papers to Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection.