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State Rep. Hollis H. Downs
R-Ruston, House Education Committee

Representative Hollis H. Downs was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003 and currently serves on the Education, Retirement, and Transportation committees. He is Business Development Manager at Hunt Guillot and Associates LLC, headquartered in Ruston. After attending schools in Farmerville, his birthplace, he received his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1968.

Mr. Downs has served on numerous board memberships for many years, including the Louisiana Tech Foundation Board, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Dixie Center for the Arts, and the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home.

He is married to Cathy Honig Downs. They have two daughters, Chanon Downs Whitman and Holly Downs Carney, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Downs is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, where he is Chairman of the Administrative Council and is active in national and international mission work.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” 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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