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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.

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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