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Brett Geymann
State Representative, District 35, R-Lake Charles

Brett Geymann is currently serving as State Representative for District 35. He was first elected in 2004 and won the next two terms unopposed. He will complete his final term in 2016 when he will be term limited. He currently serves on the Appropriation and Joint Budget committees and is also a founding member of the Budget Reform Coalition.

Rep. Geymann opposes the Common Core State Standards for many reasons but some of the most important are the loss of control at the level closest to the student and a national curriculum through national testing that does not represent the differences in culture and character among the different states and regions. He has drafted legislation to place control back on the state and local level along with several bills that will allow Louisiana to "opt out" of the implementation of Common Core.

Rep. Geymann was elected to serve on the Republican State Central Committee 1996-2000 and elected to the Republican Parish Executive Committee as past chairman 1996-2000.

Rep. Geymann has received numerous awards as a State Legislator, some of which include:
o Gentleman of the House - 2012
o Outstanding Family Advocate - LA Family Forum 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
o Life and Liberty Award - LA Family Forum 2008 & 2011
o Lagniappe Magazine's Best State Legislator - 2012
o Legislative Award - ARSSC Families Association - 2010

Rep. Geymann is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles where he received his B.S. degree in Finance and Government. He is married to Kimberly and they have three children, Tyler, Nick and Katy. Tyler and Nick are both attending LSU in Baton Rouge and Katy is attending McNeese in Lake Charles.

Rep. Geymann works in the family business with his father, G&G Valve, and he and his wife co-own Outfitters Ink.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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