Robert L. Livingston is a Founding Partner of The Livingston Group and a distinguished former Republican Member of Congress from Louisiana. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election in 1977 and was re-elected to eleven successive two-year terms.
Mr. Livingston served as a member of the Appropriations Committee through most of his time in Congress, and for the maximum period of six years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From 1995 through 1998, he served as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, shepherding the 13 appropriations bills through the legislative process. At the start of the 105th Congress in 1997, Mr. Livingston chaired the bi-partisan ethics reform task force, in which role he was responsible for reshaping the House ethics rules. He was chosen by his peers to serve as Speaker-designate for the 106th Congress.
Following his departure from Congress in 1999, Mr. Livingston established a successful lobbying firm, The Livingston Group. It is today a highly regarded, bipartisan firm which boasts an extensive network of over 60 principals, consultants and international associates, and 50-plus domestic and foreign clients.
Before his almost twenty-two years in Congress, Mr. Livingston practiced law in both public and private fields for nine years. As Assistant United States Attorney from 1970-1973, he served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans, and was honored as outstanding Assistant U.S. 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 is active in the community and has served as a member of various boards of advisors and directors for many different for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and efforts.
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. A Navy veteran, Mr. Livingston served on active duty with the U. S. Navy as an enlisted man from 1961-1963, and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1967.