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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.

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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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