“The revolution is not over. It’s just begun.”

Shreveport native Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III spoke those words during his election night party in Shreveport when Louisiana voters chose him as their governor.

Shreveport native Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III spoke those words during his election night party in Shreveport when Louisiana voters chose him as their governor.

Shreveport area historian remembers former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer
But it would be the former congressman’s first and only term as his home state’s top official.

And while his reform-based platform did not see him through to the presidency that he later sought, it did spark change in Louisiana politics.

That’s the sense one gets from talking with some of the people who knew and worked with Roemer, those who described him as a politician who was “kind of an unstoppable force” and one who was brilliant, energetic and passionate to the point of sometimes seeming brash.

It was a persona that grew from his childhood days at Scopena, his family’s plantation along US 71 in Bossier Parish where he learned politics from his larger-than-life father, and carried him from Harvard, which he entered at the age of 16, to the halls of Congress and the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

“He had a lot of fire in him. He believed in what he was trying to do,” said Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, who graduated from Bossier High a few years after Roemer did.

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