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Gerald J. Theunissen
Senator, District 25 Louisiana

Senator Theunissen graduated Jennings High School and attended both the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the University of Nebraska -Omaha. He received a B.G.S. degree from the University of Nebraska.

After a 21year career in the U.S. Air Force, the senator retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1974. He served as state representative from 1992 to 1996, and has been a state senator since 1996.

He has a great interest in education, serving on a number of boards, including: Advisory Council, Southern Regional Education Board, Chairman of the Education Committee 2006-2007, Southern Legislative Conference; Steering Committee, Southern Legislative Conference and Commissioner, Education Commission of the States.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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