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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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04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

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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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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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?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

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


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

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


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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