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Rep. Page Cortez
(R) Lafayette; House Appropriations Committee

Representative Cortez was elected to office in October of 2007. He serves District 43 which encompasses south Lafayette, Broussard, and the Youngsville area. Upon his swearing in on January 14, 2008, he was appointed to the Insurance Committee, Appropriations Committee and Retirement Committee. He also serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, The Energy Council, and the LA Property and Casualty Insurance Commission. Rep. Cortez is a
member of the Acadiana and Republican Delegations.

Page Cortez is a successful small businessman. He is co-owner and operator of Stoma's Furniture and Interiors in Baton Rouge and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Lafayette. Before entering the business world, he was a teacher/coach for several years.

Page is very active in his community. He has served on the School Board of Our Lady of Fatima School and as a member of the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Commission. He has worked with Acadiana Outreach, the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, The Children's Shelter, and the Games of Acadiana to benefit the Miles Perret Center for Cancer Services.

Page is married to Angela Stoma Cortez and they have two children, Matthew and Maria.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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