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Robert Barham
Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

Robert Barham, of Oak Ridge, LA was appointed as Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary in January 2008. Prior to his current appointment he served as State Senator for Louisiana’s 33rd District, representing Morehouse, Union, East Carroll, West Carroll, and parts of Claiborne and Ouachita parishes, from 1994 - 2007. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and was a member of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senate Retirement Committee, and the Legislative Rural Task Force. He also served for eight years as Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee chairman.

In 1999, Barham received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Award for Conservation of Natural Resources from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Barham was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Agriculture Award from the Louisiana Ag Council in 2000 and the Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He is a 2007 Inductee into the LSUAA Hall of Distinction, and his family sponsored a scholarship in Wildlife Management and an exhibit in the LSU Museum of Natural History. Barham has a bachelor’s of science from LSU, a master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University and is a graduate of LSU’s Ag Leadership School.

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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