Robert "Bobby" Freeman

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The Honourable
Robert L. Freeman
47th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
March 10, 1980 – March 14, 1988
Governor David Treen
Edwin Washington Edwards
Preceded by James E. "Jimmy" Fitzmorris, Jr.
Succeeded by Paul Jude Hardy
Louisiana Representative
Member of Parliament
for Iberville and West Baton Rouge
In office
Preceded by Thomas Marx Hoffman
Herman J. Lowe
Succeeded by Harry A. Kember, Jr.
Clyde Kimball
Plaquemine City Judge
In office
Preceded by William C. Dupont
Succeeded by William C. Dupont
Personal details
Born (1934-04-27) April 27, 1934 (age 81)
Plaquemine, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marianne D. Freeman
Residence Plaquemine
Iberville Parish
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Profession Attorney, judge
Religion Catholic Church
Military service
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1961–1969
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman (born April 27, 1934), is an attorney in Plaquemine, Louisiana, who was the Democratic lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana from 1980 to 1988.


Freeman was subsequently the Plaquemine city judge from 1990 to 1996. From 1968 to 1980, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He served as lieutenant governor under, first, Republican Governor David C. Treen and then Treen's Democratic successor (and predecessor), Edwin Washington Edwards. He was defeated for a third term in the 1987 general election by the former Louisiana Secretary of State and Democrat-turned-Republican Paul Jude Hardy, a Baton Rouge attorney originally from St. Martinville, Louisiana.

He graduated from Plaquemine Senior High School in 1952, where he engaged in boxing, with among others his classmate and friend Jessel Ourso, later the colorful sheriff of Iberville Parish.[1] Freeman earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a member of the LSU boxing team and was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.[2] Freeman earned his L.L.B. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in New Orleans in 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959 and worked for a chemical company from 1960 to 1961. Early in his career, Freeman practiced law in the Plaquemine firm of Freeman and Pendley. He is a member of the Louisiana and American bar associations. He was chairman of the Plaquemine Planning and Zoning Commission from 1966-1968. Freeman is Roman Catholic.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Robert and Marianne D. Freeman (born c. 1936) live in Plaquemine. Freeman remains active in his community in promoting tourism, which had been his principal duty when he was lieutenant governor. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Environmental Health Association.

On February 2, 2008, Freeman was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.[3]


  1. ^ "Diedre Cruse, Sheriff Jessel Ourso named to Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, July 28, 2010". Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Political Hall of Fame inducts 9 in Winnfield". Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Marx Hoffman

Herman J. "Monday" Lowe

Louisiana State Representative from primarily Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes

Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman

Succeeded by
Harry A. "Soup" Kember, Jr.

Clyde Kimball

Preceded by
James Edward "Jimmy" Fitzmorris, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman

Succeeded by
Paul Jude Hardy
Legal offices
Preceded by
William C. Dupont
City judge in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Robert Louis "Bobby" Freeman

Succeeded by
William C. Dupont