Edmund M. Reggie was a former city judge from Crowley, Louisiana, where he was born to parents who were immigrants from Lebanon. In 1949 he graduated from Tulane Law School. Edmund Reggie was known to be perhaps the most brilliant political mind in the state, and although he declined to run for higher public office, he was very active in the campaigns and administrations of several governors.
In 1950, Reggie became the youngest judge in the United States when appointed city judge in Crowley. He was 24. Edmund Reggie remained a city judge of Crowley for 25 years until 1976. His introduction to state politics began as he stumped the state for Earl Long in 1956, making eight speeches a day and reinforcing his reputation as a brilliant orator.
At the 1956 Democratic National Convention, the Louisiana delegation and that of Massachusetts were in adjacent seating, and Edmund Reggie met and was impressed by the Massachusetts senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy. While Louisiana Governor Earl Long stepped out place some bets at a race track, Reggie swayed the delegation’s support Kennedy for Vice President, in defiance of Long’s preference for Senator Estes Kefauver. This began a long association between the Reggie family and the Kennedys.
When John Kennedy ran for president in 1960, Edmund Reggie managed his Louisiana campaign. He later ran successful campaigns for Louisiana Governors John McKeithen and Edwin Edwards. While still a city judge, he chaired a number of committees and held numerous positions in state government without pay. In 1983 Reggie served as Edwards’ Executive Counsel.
In 1992, Reggie’s daughter Vicki wed U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a man who Reggie has described his “best friend.”
Winnfield Louisiana’s Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame honored Edmund Reggie in 2004.
On November 19, 2013 at the age of 87, Edmund Reggie passed away at his Lafayette, LA home while surrounded by his family..