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John T. "Tom" Schedler
Senator, (R) District 11

Senator John T. "Tom" Schedler is currently serving his third term in the Louisiana State Senate representing the 11th Senatorial District, which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. He is currently serving on eight Senate Committees, including Health and Welfare and the Louisiana Commission on Mental Health [Chairman].

Senator Schedler has also been appointed to and serves, as a representative of the Louisiana Senate, on the health committee of the Southern Legislative Conference and the Forum for State Health Policies, through the National Legislative Conference.

Senator Schedler has received awards and/or honors from numerous health-related societies and organizations, including: the Louisiana Dietetic Association; the Rural Hospital Coalition; the Rural Health Association; Louisiana Nursing Home Association; the President's Committee on Mental Retardation; the Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Louisiana Association for Mental Health; Metro Hospital Council of New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.

Senator Schedler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating from De LaSalle High School in 1967, prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) in May 1971. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and has interests in several other businesses. He served as Director of a hospital Health Foundation and was the director of Managed Care Services and Business Development from November 1990 to March 1996 at a St. Tammany Parish hospital. He is married to the former Stephanie Gele', of Lafayette, Louisiana, for thirty-two years, who administers Hospice Programs in Louisiana and Mississippi. They have three daughters.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

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

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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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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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?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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