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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

02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation

12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation

Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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What is living in poverty like?

10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?

09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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