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Martin Cancienne


It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague, Martin Cancienne, lost his race for a kidney replacement and passed away on March 3, 2020. The entire Livingston Group family expresses our deep sympathies and prayers for Martin’s wife and family.
In an announcement to TLG personnel, Founding Partner Bob Livingston said, “Martin was a kind and gentle man who bore enormous inner strength as he faced and triumphed over innumerable obstacles to his health. This last battle just proved to be more than his incredible endurance could handle. He now rests in the embrace of his Maker.”
Livingston Group Partner Bernie Robinson added “Our TLG partner Martin Cancienne was a generous friend, a substantive participant personally and professionally, knowledgeable with political reach and a lot of fun!”


Career Summary

  • Partner, The Livingston Group LLC; focus on appropriations, health and education matters, energy and agricultural issues, and Army Corps of Engineers projects
  • Chief of Staff and District Director, US Congressman W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-LA)


  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
  • Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

Dawson “Martin” Cancienne brings over a decade of congressional experience to clients in the federal appropriations and policy arena, with a primary focus on appropriations, health and education matters, energy and agriculture issues, and Corps of Engineers projects.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cancienne worked with Congressman W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-LA). During his tenure, his duties included monitoring the effect of federal legislation on state and municipal governments, guiding constituents through the federal procurement and appropriations processes, and assisting constituents in communicating with numerous executive branch agencies. As Rep. Tauzin’s chief of staff, he was in charge of operations for the Washington, DC and Louisiana offices. As district director, he was responsible for helping constituents through a range of issues and concerns.

Based on his efforts in working within the congressional budget process to enhance the Corps of Engineers’ capabilities in Louisiana, Mr. Cancienne was presented the United States Army Commander’s Award for Public Service.