Derrick Edwards grew up with a childhood dream of making a difference in the lives of others in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Growing up, Derrick had to overcome many trials and tribulations and focus on education to achieve his dream of becoming the first individual in his family to practice law as an attorney. Derrick is an individual of strong faith, perseverance and an extremely hard work. His next endeavor is serving and fighting for the people of Louisiana as your next U.S. Senate on November 3, 2020.
Derrick and his two brothers were raised by a single mother, school teacher. His mother always told as a school teacher, “I cannot afford to give you everything you want, but I will make sure you get an excellent education so that you can have things you will and make a difference in the lives of others.
In 1989, Derrick was a senior at John F. Kennedy high school in New Orleans. While playing in a high school football game, Derrick suffered a catastrophic football injury, leaving him paralyzed in a wheelchair. After Derrick sustained a broken neck playing football, he spent six months in the hospital and two months in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Tulane hospital and Ochsner hospital. Derrick’s medical needs was so great that a doctor at the hospital advised Derrick’s mother that he felt it was in Derrick’s best interests to be placed in a nursing facility. Derrick’s mother told the doctor, “if GOD did not take Derrick’s life the night of the football injury, then I’m taking him home with me.” As a result of Derrick mother’s faith, Derrick is an attorney that is running for United States Senate in Louisiana.
“If God did not take Derrick the night of his injury, then I’m bringing him home with me.”
Despite Derrick’s spinal cord injury playing football, Derrick graduated on time from John F. Kennedy high school with this class. Derrick went on to graduate from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business in May 1997 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Accounting. In May 1998, Derrick graduated from Tulane University with a Masters in Accounting. After receiving his Masters in Accounting Degree, he attended Loyola University School of Law and graduated in May 2003. Derrick continues to make a difference by speaking at schools, churches, and hospitals about accomplishing your dreams and goals in life by never give up.
As a practicing attorney, Derrick has had an opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of his clients. As your next United States Senator, Derrick will have an opportunity to meet a difference in the lives of all Americans throughout the United States. Derrick’s political platform consists of legislating bills to Funding Small Businesses, Affordable Housing, Fixing the United States Infrastructure and Strengthening our Economy and Free College Tuition.