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On January 8, 2020, Cynthia Lee Sheng made history as Jefferson Parish’s first female Parish President. She was inaugurated to a second term on January 3, 2024, and carries forward her passion for taking Jefferson Parish to the “Next Level” by encouraging new ideas, technology and a more efficient way of running government.

In her first term as Jefferson Parish President, Cynthia used her passion for efficiency and partnership to lead Jefferson Parish through unprecedented times, including the COVID pandemic in 2020 and beyond, Hurricane Ida in 2021, tornadoes in 2022, as well as 41 days of record-breaking heat and a northward-moving saltwater wedge in 2023. Additionally, she secured funding to update Jefferson Parish’s aging water and sewer infrastructure, increased participation in recreation through fresh programs and facilities, and introduced innovative new technology and programming with the goal of serving every member of the Parish’s diverse population.

Prior to her role as Parish President, Cynthia served as Councilwoman At-Large for Division B in 2015 after serving as the Councilwoman for District 5 since 2009. Some of her most noteworthy work while serving as a Councilmember included revitalizing Fat City, advocating for a new approach to living with water by promoting green infrastructure and assisting in the negotiation of a decades-long property dispute to great success: The site is now the location of Jefferson Parish’s first Trader Joe’s.

Cynthia showed an interest in public service early in her life and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. She is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and served for 10 years as a federal law enforcement officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Newark, New Jersey.

Cynthia’s family is well known to Jefferson Parish residents. Her grandfather opened the House of Lee Restaurant in the 1950s at the corner of Causeway Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Her father was Sheriff Harry Lee, who proudly served and protected Jefferson Parish for more than 28 years. Cynthia was educated at St. Angela Merici, Mount Carmel Academy, Loyola University New Orleans and George Washington University. She lives in Metairie and has two children, Gavin and Miranda.


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