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Rep. John Bel-Edwards
D-Amite, Head of House Democratic Caucus

John Bel Edwards is Partner in Edwards & Associates Law Firm L.L.C. since 2000, with father,
Frank M. Edwards, Jr. (presently counsel and retired) and brother, Daniel H. Edwards, (presently of counsel and Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana). He is a member of the Louisiana State
Bar Association since 2000, United States District Courts for Eastern and Middle District of Louisiana, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Never been subject to bar sanctions).

Representative Edwards graduated from Amite High School, Infantry Officer United States Army
(1988-1996B(Honorable Discharge)Airborne, Ranger, Company Commander of C/3-505 PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He attended the United States Military
Academy at West Point, New York 1988 received Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Dean=s List); Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA 1999 received Juris Doctor (Order of Coif, Law Review).

He was elected State Representative for District 72 in 2007, re-elected in 2011 and is Democratic Caucus Chairman, Member of Civil Law and Procedure Committee, Education Committee, Judiciary Committee, Special Committee on Military & Veterans Affairs. Rep. Edwards announced in February his intention to run for governor in 2015.

Married to Donna Hutto, Edwards and they have three children, Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen, John Miller. He is a member of St. Helena Catholic Church (lector, choir), Knights of Columbus,
Council 10911 (Third Degree Knight, Recorder).

Current Topic


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Recent Topics


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

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