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Appointed by  Edwin Edwards
Religion  Roman Catholic
Movies  The Bat
Political party  Democratic
Party  Democratic Party
Nationality  American
Role  Edwin Edwards' ex-wife
Preceded by  Allen J. Ellender
Name  Elaine Edwards

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Succeeded by  J. Bennett Johnston, Jr.
Full Name  Elaine Schwartzenburg
Born  March 8, 1929 (age 86) Marksville, Louisiana (1929-03-08)
Spouse  Edwin Edwards (m. 1949–1989)
Children  Anna Edwards, David Edwards, Victoria Edwards, Stephen Edwards
People also search for  Edwin Edwards, Nolan Edwards

Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards (born March 8, 1929) is a former United States Senator and the first wife of Edwin Washington Edwards, making her a former First Lady of Louisiana.


Early life

Edwards was born in Marksville, the seat of Avoyelles Parish, to Errol Leo Schwartzenburg (1909–1999) and Myrl Dupuy Schwartzenburg (1907–2001). Elaine also had a brother, Frank, and another brother, Ralph.

Senate career

On August 1, 1972, Edwin Edwards appointed Elaine to the U. S. Senate after the death of Allen Ellender. She agreed to resign after a new senator was elected, and she shared her husband's political philosophy.

During the 1976 presidential election campaign, Elaine endorsed Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter, while her husband first endorsed California governor Jerry Brown, and later endorsed Carter after Brown failed to obtain the nomination.

Personal life

She married Edwin Edwards in 1949. An observer said that Elaine Edwards "wanted the opposite of what Edwin wanted. She hated the fishbowl of politics." Both graduated from Marksville High School.

Edwin and Elaine Edwards divorced in 1989 after forty years of marriage. She is the mother of four children, including Stephen Edwards, who was convicted alongside his father in 2000, stemming from a riverboat casino licensing scheme. The other three children are Anna, Victoria and David.


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