A distinguished former Republican Member of Congress from Louisiana, Robert L. Livingston is a Founding Partner of The Livingston Group.
Congressman Livingston was elected to the US House of Representatives in a special election in 1977 and was re-elected to 11 successive two-year terms. Throughout most of his two-decade tenure in Congress, he served as a member of the Appropriations Committee, and for the maximum period of six years, he served on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From 1995 through 1998, as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he shepherded 13 appropriations bills through the legislative process. At the start of the 105th Congress in 1997, Mr. Livingston chaired the bipartisan ethics reform task force, where he was responsible for reshaping the House ethics rules. He was chosen by his peers to serve as Speaker-designate for the 106th Congress. Mr. Livingston established The Livingston Group in 1999.
Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Livingston practiced law in both public and private fields. As Assistant United States Attorney from 1970-1973, he served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office in New Orleans. He was honored as an outstanding Assistant US Attorney shortly before his departure from the position. His experience also includes serving as Chief Special Prosecutor and Chief of the Armed Robbery Division of the New Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (1974-1975), and Chief Prosecutor for the Organized Crime Unit of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office (1975-1976).
Mr. Livingston earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Tulane University, and is a graduate of the Loyola University Institute of Politics. In 1981, he received an honorary doctorate from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, and in 1990, an honorary Order of the Coif from the Tulane Law School. He served on active duty with the US Navy from 1961-1963, and received an honorable discharge from the US Navy Reserve in 1967.
Mr. Livingston is active in the community and has served as a member of various boards of advisors and directors for numerous organizations and efforts. His recently published memoir, The Windmill Chaser, is receiving enthusiastic acclaim.