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Rodney Alexander
Congressman (R), District 5

A family man from Quitman, La., U.S. Rep. Alexander was first elected to Congress in 2002. Born in North Louisiana on December 5, 1946, Rodney attended Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Louisiana Tech University. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserves.

Cong. Alexander and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 19, 2007. They have three children – Ginger, Rod and Lisa – and six grandchildren – Zack, Jordon, Jorgia, Jaina, Jackson and John Brooks.

At age 25, he began his career in public service when he was elected to the Jackson Parish Police Jury. He then went on to serve as a Louisiana State Representative for 15 years, where he was the chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.

Extending from Iberville Parish in South Central Louisiana all the way north to the Arkansas border, the 5th District of Louisiana includes portions of 22 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

As a firm supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and pro-life issues, Cong. Alexander serves as a conservative voice in Washington. He is committed to helping his colleagues on both sides of the aisle find a bipartisan consensus on critical issues ranging from health care to tax reform.

During his second term, Cong. Alexander was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, an assignment that allows him to influence issues of great concern to the people of the 5th District and the State of Louisiana. As a member of this committee, he has worked to deliver federal dollars to meet critical transportation needs as well as directly address the local agricultural industry.

At the start of the 110th Congress, Cong. Alexander retained his seat on this important committee and assigned to serve on the Agriculture Subcommittee and the Financial Services Subcommittee. He was also appointed to serve on the House Committee on the Budget.

Cong. Alexander is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Immigration Reform Caucus, Congressional Pro-life Caucus, Congressional Diabetes Caucus, House Dietary Supplement Caucus, and Congressional Arts Caucus, the House Nursing Caucus, and the Congressional Life Insurance Caucus.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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