Chairman of the 73rd Washington DC Mardi Gras
Congressman Garret Graves represents Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. More than 750,000 people live in the 13 parishes that make up the sixth district, which encompasses the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain and continues south to Houma, including Garret’s hometown of Baton Rouge.
For the 116th Congress, Garret is the Ranking Member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation and is the Ranking Member for the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee.
Though he has only been in office a short time, Garret and his team have established a record of advancing Louisiana’s priorities through Congress – focused on transportation, infrastructure, energy, maritime, fisheries, coastal restoration, disaster and other issues critical to the state’s economy and way of life.
Garret is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he resides with his wife Carissa and their three children.
Congressman Graves has selected Richard Lipsey as King and Madison Smith as the Queen of the 2022 Washington DC Mardi Gras Ball. Please read more about them below.
King of 2022
Richard A. Lipsey, is the owner of Baton-Rouge based Lipsey’s, one of the largest independently owned, single-location firearms distributors in the country. He and his family also own Haspel, a line of men’s tailored clothing that originated in New Orleans in 1909. Richard is also founder and partner in Lipsey Communications, a chain of over 300 wireless phone stores.
He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Harvard Business School OPM. Richard was highly active in ROTC while at LSU. He was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served as the Cadet Colonel Division Commander of the then over 3000 member LSU Cadet Corps. While in the Army (1962-64), he served as Aide to the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington and also as a Social Aide to President John F. Kennedy.
Richard Lipsey led the effort to completely remodel and renovate LSU’s historic icon, Memorial Tower, which was constructed in the late 1920’s. The project is nearing completion and will house the new LSU Military Museum.
Richard was appointed to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry and the State Board of Regents by former Governor Jindal. He served as a co-chair for the transition team for Governor John Bel Edwards’ first election. Richard is a longtime higher education leader and served on the Louisiana Board of Regents from 2013 to 2019. He served twice as its chair and is still heavily involved working with early childhood education, K-12 and higher education.
Richard is married to Susan Haspel Lipsey; has two daughters, Laurie Lipsey Aronson and Wendy Lipsey, and three grandchildren, Anna, Marla, and Luke.
Queen of 2022
Madison Elizabeth Smith is the daughter of Glen and Marilyn Smith of LaPlace, Louisiana. Madison graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans in 2018. She is currently a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in American Constitutional Law. Upon graduating, she plans to continue her studies by seeking her law degree.
While at Mt. Carmel, Madison was active in assisting with youth summer camps held at the school for younger girls. She has also been very active in multiple philanthropies, most notably, The G. Smith Prom of Champions, providing a prom experience for terminally ill children. She also volunteered her time for the Children’s Christmas Celebration, which provides Christmas gifts to over 300 children in the River Parish region annually. In addition, she has worked as a Senate Aide in the Louisiana Legislature for the last two sessions.
Madison is honored, humbled and excited to be selected as Queen of the 2022 Mystick Krewe of Louisianians Washington Mardi Gras Ball.
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