Laurence Allen Elder is an American political commentator and conservative talk radio host.
Earlier this month, he announced his political ambition, Larry Elder announced on Thursday, 21st April that he’s launching a 2024 presidential campaign, joining a growing list of Republicans vying for the GOP nomination.
“I am announcing I am running for the presidency of the United States,” Elder told Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
Asked for his key reasons for running, Elder pointed to securing the border and suggested Democrats were labeling America “systemically racist.” He also decried what he said is a “lack of fathers in the home.”
He hosts “The Larry Elder Show,” which began in 1993 as a local program on Los Angeles radio station KABC and ran until 2008. It had a second run on KABC from 2010 to 2014.
The show is nationally syndicated and maintained ties to The Epoch Times, a far-right newspaper published by the Falun Gong movement.
Elder is a former attorney who has written nonfiction books and a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate.
In 2021, he made his first run for elected office as a Republican candidate in the recall election of California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom.
The recall was defeated by a wide margin, with Elder placing first among the replacement candidates.
Laurence Allen Elder was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the city’s Pico-Union and South Central areas, the middle child of three brothers.
His father, Randolph Elder, was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and moved to California from Georgia after the war during the Second Great Migration.
After working as a janitor at Nabisco, Randolph Elder opened a cafe in Pico-Union c. 1962.
Larry Elder’s mother, Viola (née Conley), was originally from Toney, Alabama. She was a clerical worker for the United States Department of War during World War II. Larry Elder’s mother was a Democrat, and his father was a Republican.
Elder was an honors student who also took advanced courses at Fairfax High School. He graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1970 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1974 from Brown University. He then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977.
After graduation from law school, Elder joined the Cleveland law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.
In 1980, he founded Laurence A. Elder and Associates, a legal executive search firm. Elder stepped down from operating Elder and Associates c. 1987 but continued to own the firm until 1995.
Elder’s license to practice law in Ohio has been administratively suspended since December 2005.
Elder began his media career by co-hosting “Fabric,” a topic-oriented television show produced by Dennis Goulden that aired on Cleveland’s PBS member station WVIZ in 1988.
In 1997, he hosted the PBS program “National Desk” along with fellow conservatives Fred Barnes and Laura Ingraham.
Elder hosted the segments “Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices From Black America” and “Title IX and Women in Sports: What’s Wrong With This Picture,” which criticized Title IX.
In 2000, Elder won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for his KCAL-TV News special “Making Waves – LAUSD.”
Between 2000 and 2001, Elder hosted the court series “Moral Court,” distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
In 2004, he hosted “The Larry Elder Show,” a syndicated talk show distributed by Warner Bros.
In 2005, he created a self-financed film called “Michael & Me,” in which he criticized filmmaker Michael Moore’s anti-gun activism.
Who is Larry Elder’s Wife?
Larry Elder has maintained privacy regarding his personal life, and as far as is known, he is not currently married.
However, he was married once before, to a physician whose identity is not publicly known.
In 2014, Elder reportedly married Alexandra Datig, who is a media personality and actress from Switzerland.
Since 2015, Larry Elder has referred to his “girlfriend” on social media multiple times but has not specified whether he is referring to Alexandra Datig or someone else.
Larry Elder Children
As we wrote this article, there is no official information on Larry having children.