Richmond opens Baton Rouge office

Baton Rouge gained a second congressman in January when the district of U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond expanded into the northern part of the city.

Richmond, D-New Orleans, is celebrating the opening of his new Baton Rouge office on Saturday with an open house event that it is open to the public.

The event is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Richmond’s new office is located at 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Suite 126, in Baton Rouge. Other attendees are expected to include state Rep. Ted James, D-New Orleans, Metro Councilwoman Denise Marcelle and former state Rep. Joe Delpit.

Richmond is still maintaining his primary New Orleans office.

Much of northern Baton Rouge is now part of Richmond’s 2nd Congressional District that snakes all the way to New Orleans in order to carve out the state’s only “majority minority” district.

A loss of population in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina caused a shift in district lines.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, still represents most of the metro area, but his 6th Congressional District now covers southern Baton Rouge and stretches down to St. Charles, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.