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Rep. Rick Gallot, Jr.
(D); House & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair

Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr. is an African American Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who has represented the 11th District since the fall of 2000.

The district was established after the 1990 census to guarantee a black voter majority. Gallot won the position after the popular incumbent Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling was killed on August 1, 2000, in a six-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Bossier City. At the time of her death, Wilkerson had been scheduled two weeks thereafter as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

Gallot is ineligible to seek a fourth term in the Louisiana House in the nonpartisan blanket primary set for the fall of 2011. In the 2007 primary, he handily defeated the sister of Pinkie Wilkerson to win his third term in the legislative chamber. Gallot is also a member of the Gamma Psi chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

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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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