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Buddy Caldwell

Born: May 20, 1946

Birthplace: Columbia

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Buddy Caldwell

Date of Birth : May 20, 1946
Birth Place : Columbia

James David Caldwell, Sr., known as Buddy Caldwell, is an American politician and attorney of the Republican Party who is the current attorney general of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Prior to serving as attorney general, Caldwell was the district attorney for Madison, East Carroll, and Tensas parishes from 1979 to 2008. Caldwell, who resides in Tallulah, the seat of Madison Parish, is also an entertainer, guitarist, and songwriter known for his impersonation of Elvis Presley. Early in 2011, Louisiana political commentator Jeff Crouere speculated that Caldwell, then a member of the Democratic Party was "considering a switch to the GOP to prevent a challenge this fall" as Democrats faced increased difficulty statewide. Caldwell ended up officially switching parties on February 2. 2011. Caldwell was unopposed for a second term as attorney general in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011. With his switch of parties, Attorney-General Caldwell became the first Republican to hold the office of Louisiana Attorney General since the end of Reconstruction.


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