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Rep. Dalton Honoré
D - Baton Rouge

Dalton Honoré has been a life-long dedicated law enforcement officer in East Baton Rouge Parish. In 1965 Honore was appointed as the first African-American Deputy Sheriff in East Baton Rouge Parish. He spent approximately twelve years with the Sheriff’s Office rising to the rank of Captain and Sub-Station Commander.

Honoré left the Sheriff’s Office to start a private business, and while working at the family owned business his love for law enforcement allowed him to return to that profession as a legal investigator with the Parish Attorney’s office.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern University in Vocational Education. Additionally, he graduated from Louisiana State University Law Enforcement Institute and Louisiana State University Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

He is a father and grandfather. Dalton was married to the late JoEthel Honoré for 45 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

His community involvement includes his membership and volunteer work with the American Legion, Post 502, and Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He continues his dedication as a member of the Southern University Century Club, Scotlandville High School Alumni Association, the Southern University 6th Man Club, and former president of the Crestworth Neighborhood Association.

In May 2010, Honoré was elected to serve as Louisiana State Representative, completing the term of deceased Rep. Avon Honey. Honoré is serving on the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee, House Committee on Homeland Security, and Joint Committee on Homeland Security. Also he is a member of Capital Region Legislative Delegation, Democratic Caucus and Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Honoré was re-elected as Louisiana State Representative of District 63 on Oct. 22, 2011.

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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

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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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

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How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

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