Domer Diaries

My Domer Diary: Mandie Landry

The First-Time Candidate

Editor’s Note: Domer Diaries is the newest storytelling series from the Alumni Association where members of the Notre Dame family tell their stories in their own words. This week’s Domer Diaries entry comes from Mandie Landry ‘00, a lawyer elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2019.

Name: Mandie Landry
Class Year: 2000
Residence Hall: Pasquerilla West 
Major and Minor: Major in government and international relations; minor in peace studies
Student Activities (clubs, groups, teams, band, student government, etc.): I worked a lot and had numerous internships.
Occupation: Lawyer & Louisiana State Representative
Local Notre Dame club or affinity groups: Notre Dame Club of New Orleans

What accomplishments have you been most proud of in your political career? 

First, I am proud that I ran and won as a first-time candidate! That is difficult to do, but we did it. My team and I worked very hard for almost an entire year, and we shocked the entire city by winning. Since I've been in office, I am most proud of the work I have done to assist and shine a light on issues that affect women.  The Louisiana legislature is only 20 percent female, and it shows. I hear from women all over the state who are thankful that someone is trying to help.

What lessons from Notre Dame do you still use in your day-to-day work life? 

I try to make sure that I put people in need first and foremost in everything that I do. Many of those in elected office serve only the rich and powerful. It is so important to remember that we represent all of the people who live in this state. 

How do you spend your time away from the office/work? 

I work a lot! Being in elected office means that you are being contacted for any number of things, all day long. I attend many community events, answer emails all the time, and meet with constituents and advocates regularly. Besides that, I have two funny dogs and many friends and family members who I see as often as I can. I like yoga, Audubon Park, reading fiction, and art museums.