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Jim Porter
President of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Jim Porter currently serves as President of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, a position he has held for nearly 17 years. Prior to joining Mid-Continent Mr. Porter worked in the private sector for a Baton Rouge engineering firm and prior to that worked in state government for 22 years.

Mr. Porter served under three different governors. He worked in numerous capacities in the Department of Natural Resources, with his last position there being secretary of the Department.

During his tenure in the Department of Natural Resources, Mr. Porter was responsible for bringing together and coordinating all the various environmental programs of the state, prior to the formation of the Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Porter has represented the state in many capacities such as on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact commission and numerous other committees and commission.

A native of Arkansas, Mr. Porter holds a master's degree in radiation physics from the University of Arkansas.

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

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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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What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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