Earl Barbry, Sr.
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Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Earl Barbry, Sr. was born and raised on the tribe's reservation in Marksville. One of his major contributions was gaining recognition of his tribe by the federal government and he also was a major driving force in the creation of what is now known as the Paragon Casino in 1993. He was been named Avoyellean of the Year in 1994 and the Marksville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Man of the Year in 1996.John Breaux
Crowley native John Breaux began his long and distinguished political career when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 at the age of 28. After serving seven terms in the House, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and served until his retirement in 2004. He was widely recognized as a bipartisan leader in the Senate and in 1993 was elected by his Democratic colleagues to the post of Deputy Minority Whip, a position he held until his retirement. He also held a number of key Senate committee positions. From his position as a senior member of the Finance Committee, he played instrumental roles in forging the compromises that led to passage of the welfare reform and health insurance reform bills in 1996. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Senator Breaux as the Co-Chair of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.Mignon Faget
New Orleans native Mignon Faget is a world-renowned fashion and jewelry designer. Since putting out her first ready to wear collection in the Crescent City in 1969, her unique vision of fashion has continued to evolve. She now concentrates her efforts on creating unique jewelry collections that are prized by collectors around the country.James Joseph
Opelousas native James A. Joseph is currently the head of the United States-South Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values that he founded at Duke University and the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Southern University and Yale, he served under Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter including a stint as Ambassador to South Africa. Currently, he is serving as Chairman of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.Virginia Shehee
Virginia K. Shehee is president and CEO of Kilpatrick Life Insurance, and Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Crematoriums and Cemeteries. Inc. based in Shreveport. Mrs. Shehee served as Chairperson for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Strand Theatre. She is Chairman Emeritus of the Biomedical Research Center Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. That foundation's Biomedical Research Center is named in her honor. A member of the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame, Mrs. Shehee was the first woman elected to the Louisiana State Senate and was also the first woman to be named the Optimist Club's "Mr. Shreveport."