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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