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Edwin Edwards stars in A&E's reality docu-series "The Governor's Wife."

Edwin Edwards, now 85 years old and still dubbed the "King of Louisiana," shocked the state (and his family) when he married Trina Grimes Scott, a woman 50 years his junior. They became pen pals while Edwin was serving an 8 1/2 year prison sentence for bribery and extortion, charges stemming from his tenure as Governor of Louisiana, and married when he was released.

Edwards was elected to his first term by an unprecedented
Edwin Edwards
Edwin Edwards
Edwin Edwards - © George Long
combination of "Cajun" and black votes. His administration was marked by several accomplishments. Edwards supported a constitutional convention to replace the unwieldy Constitution of 1921. The new Constitution, written in 1973 and made effective in 1975, directed the Governor to reorganize the executive branch. Edwards also pushed for legislation tying the severance tax on crude oil to a percentage of the barrel price rather than a flat fee. High energy prices of the 70s helped Louisiana maintain a balanced budget during Edwards' first two terms.

Edwards named blacks to key state positions and his support of black politicians resulted in a mutually beneficial relationship. He supported the "open primary" which pitted candidates of all parties against each other in a first general primary which inadvertently strengthened the Republican Party in state elections as Democrats split their votes. Edwards' third term was marked by Federal indictments, but not convictions, for mail fraud, obstruction of justice and public bribery stemming from the sale of hospital certificates, and coincided with failing oil prices and failing state revenues.

Thought to be politically dead after conceding the 1987 race to Buddy Roemer, Edwards roared back into the Govenor's Mansion for an unprecedented fourth term in 1992. Not since his first gubernatorial election had Edwards received the endorsement of so many major newspapers and organizations — all intent on keeping former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke out of office. Early in his fourth term, Edwards led the passage of land-based casino gambling legislation.


How old is Edwin Edwards? Find out here.

Age: 89 years old
Birthday: August 7, 1927
Full Name / Real Name: Edwin Washington Edwards
Birthplace: Avoyelles Parish, LA
Wife: Elaine Schwartzenburg (1949 - 1989, divorced)
Candy Picou Edwards (1994 - 2004, divorced)
Trina Grimes Scott (2011)

"The Governor's Wife" (TV show) cast members Edwin Edwards and Candy Edwards Edwin Edwards to Star in 'The Governor's Wife' — Premiering Wednesday, February 27, the new A&E reality docu-series follows the former Louisiana Governor and his 50-years-younger wife, Trina, as they redefine a "new normal" in the new South. Read more...

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