Meet Wesley Bishop


  • State Representative - District 99  Current Committees: Ways & Means, Education, Municipal and Joint Committee on Capitol Outlay
  • State Representative - District 101 Past Committees: Commerce, Insurance  and Judiciary
  • 1st Vice Chair - Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (2012 - present)
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, SUNO 
  • Attorney-at-Law, Bishop Law Firm 
  • Of Counsel,Spears Law Firm 
  • Legislative Team                     Southern University System
  • Attorney and Advisor SUNO Business Center
  • Law Clerk, District Attorneys Office
  • Intern, U.S. Senator John Breaux
  • Intern, New Orleans City Council   


  • Harvard University (2009) Institute for Educational Management
  • J.D., Ohio State University College of Law (1995)
  • M.P.A., University of Mississippi (1991)
  • B.S., Southern University at New Orleans (1990) (Student Body President)
  • McDonogh #35 Senior High School (1985)  
  • Edward Livingston Middle School and Thomas Alva  Edison and McDonogh #40 Elementary Schools

Community Involvement

  • Vice President and Board of Directors, Spring Lake Neighborhood Association
  • Board of Commissioners, Spring Lake Special Taxing District
  • Delegate, U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) - 2008 Democratic Nat. Convention
  • Fellow, Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee
  • Board Member, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity
  • Member, New Orleans Criminal Justice Council
  • 3rd Vice Chair, Louisiana Democratic Party
  • Volunteer Attorney, Louisiana Election Protection Project
  • Democratic State Central Committee, 101st District
  • Board of Directors, New Orleans Charter School Foundation
  • Board of Directors, L.E. Rabouin High School
  • Board of Directors, Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Judge, New Orleans Teen Court Program
  • Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Member, Community Legion 
  • Member, McDonogh #35 Senior High School Alumni Association 

Honors and Awards

  • Top 30 Future Leaders, Ebony Magazine
  • SUNO Alumnus of the Year
  • NCEOA and NAFEO National Alumni of the Year
  • SWASAP Regional Alumni of the Year
  • Loyola University Leader for Life Award
  • Fellow, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Fellow, Loyola University Institute of Politics
  • Fellow, Chevron Corporation Mayoral Fellows Program
  • Louisiana Army National Guard Distinguished Service Medal

Wesley is a native New Orleanian who has lived in District 101 for the past 31 years. He is married to Atty. Shannon Bruno Bishop and they are the proud parents of a son, John Wesley. The family attends Franklin Avenue Baptist Church where he is a member of the dynamic male chorus. An active resident of Spring Lake, he grew up in the Academy Park Subdivision. He is the second of four children born to Elder Willie and Margie Bishop and is the son-in-law of Michael and Paulette Bruno. 

Additional Info


 * Biography of Rep. Wesley Bishop (D - New Orleans)

Chosen by Ebony magazine as one of the Top 30 Young Leaders in the Nation, Louisiana State Representative Wesley T. Bishop (D-New Orleans) represents a new generation of political leadership which is focused upon charting a progressive course of action for his community, state and nation.  

Rep. Bishop was re-elected to represent House District 99 by a wide margin with 82% of the votes cast. In that capacity he serves on the ways and means, education, and municipal committees and serves as 1st Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.  Initially elected in January, 2011, he served as State Representative for the 101st House District in New Orleans East.  In a field of 3 candidates seeking to represent a district that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, he was overwhelmingly chosen and received 75% of the votes cast.  During his rookie session as a lawmaker he helped lead the fight to stop the merger of Southern University at New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. 

Prior to his legislative service, Rep. Bishop was elected twice to represent House District 101 on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and currently serves as 3rd Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. In addition, he was elected to represent the State of Louisiana as an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  At age 29, Wesley was appointed by New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial to serve on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans International Airport - and became the youngest airport commissioner in the country.

A native of the lower ninth ward in New Orleans, Rep. Bishop currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), his alma mater. In this capacity, he is the youngest senior level administrator and Chancellor’s cabinet member in the history of the university. An advocate for Historically Black Colleges/Universities and a tenured professor of Criminal Justice, he quickly rose through the ranks to become the youngest Program Director, Department Chair and Dean in the institutions’ history.

Rep. Bishop is also a practicing attorney and serves Of Counsel at Spears & Spears Law Firm.  In addition, he serves as President/CEO of, an educational consulting firm that specializes in providing motivational strategies for both young and seasoned citizens.  He is currently working on his first book entitled Come Out Swinging: A Blueprint for Becoming Your Best. Based on the wit and wisdom gained from his family, faith, and friends, it promises to be an extra-special experience.

Rep. Bishop holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans, where he served as Student Body President. Admitted to the University of Mississippi Graduate School conditionally, he finished first in his class with a Masters in Public Administration. Additionally, he received a Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University. In 2009 he was one of 80 educators from around the world chosen by Harvard University as a fellow for the Institute for Educational Management Program (IEM). In 2008, he was one of 30 college administrators chosen by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to participate in the Millennium Leadership Institute.  Most recently, he was one on 50 lawmakers selected from around the country to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia

The recipient of numerous awards, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Southern University at New Orleans, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Mississippi and the Leader for Life Award from Loyola University of Louisiana. He was also chosen by National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for lifetime achievements honoring Southern University at New Orleans.  A husband, father, lawyer, educator, legislator and award winning speaker, he is married to Atty. Shannon Bruno Bishop and they are the proud parents of a son, John Wesley.  The family attends Franklin Avenue Baptist Church where he is a member of the male chorus.


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