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Colonel Michael Edmonson
La State Police Superintendent, co-director of the Governor's School Safety Study Group

Colonel Michael Edmonson was appointed as the 25th Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police in January 2008 by Governor Bobby Jindal. Earlier this month, he was selected by Governor Jindal to lead a Louisiana school safety study group in light of the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Colonel Edmonson also serves as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and is responsible for an agency of more than 2900 employees and a budget of nearly one-half billion dollars. In his role as Deputy Secretary, Edmonson oversees the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Office of Management and Finance, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission. In the fall of 2012 upon the reelection of Governor Jindal, Edmonson was reappointed to the Governor’s Cabinet.

Edmonson is a career state police officer having joined the organization in 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice in 1980 from Louisiana State University. He also attended graduate school there and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the FBI National Executive Institute.

In September of 2012, Edmonson assumed the General Chair position of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – State and Provincial Police Section which represents the U.S. State Police agencies, RCMP, Canadian Provincial Police and Puerto Rico National Police.

From 1982-2008 Edmonson served as the head of security for the LSU Football Team and provided personal security for each LSU Head Football Coach, from Jerry Stovall to Les Miles.

Mike is married to Suzanne and they have four children: Brittney, Casey, Michael, and Cade. Active in civic, church and youth programs, he makes his home in Baton Rouge.

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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. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

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

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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