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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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