State Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, formally announced last week that he will run for the District 4 state Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Ed Murray, who is term limited. Bishop, an attorney who also serves as an associate vice chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans, represents House District 99, which includes the Lower 9th Ward and parts of New Orleans East.
In his announcement, Bishop touted the "Legislator of the Year" award he received last year from the Alliance for Good Government and his selection as first vice chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in a January 2011 special election and easily won re-election later that same year.
In addition to his legislative tenure, Bishop has served on the boards of New Orleans International Airport, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Gentilly Development District, St. Mary's Academy and McDonogh City Park Academy. He is a past member of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
So far Bishop appears to be facing one opponent, but the field could grow. Business consultant Erich Caulfield, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, is expected to kick off his campaign June 16.