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Sen. Eric LaFleur
D-Ville Platte

Senator Eric LaFleur is a partner in the law firm of Mahtook & LaFleur with offices in Ville Platte and Lafayette. His focus of practice is private, commercial and public transactions. In addition, LaFleur is president and chief financial officer for a healthcare company with operates and provides health care related services to two boutique hospitals and one a long term care facility.

LaFleur was elected to an open seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and reelected again in 2003. In 2007, he won an open seat in the Louisiana State Senate. He was re-lected in 2011 and then won again without opposition in 2015. That senatorial district consists of approximately 140,000 people in the fol-lowing four rural parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline. During his 17 year term in the legislature, he served 16 years as a member of the Appropriations or Finance Committee. Today, he serves as Chairman of the Sen-ate Committee on Finance. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Committees on Insurance and Judiciary B. LaFleur, a French speaker, also serves as Assem-blée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) LaFleur serves on the Board of Di-rectors of the Sacred Heart Foundation, Louisiana Citizens Insurance Company, The Louisiana School for the Math & Sciences and company representative for membership in the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). He also plays saxophone with the local band, Deja Vu.

Before entering private practice, LaFleur served as a felony prosecutor under Dis-trict Attorney Harry Connick in New Orleans and for the Louisiana Department of Justice.

LaFleur is a 1982 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He is married to the for-mer Julie Morein. Mrs. La Fleur is a Louisiana licensed Physician Assistant and works in the intensive care unit at Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. Ms. LaFleur is also a Louisiana licensed Nursing Home Administrator and currently providing pro-fessional administrative services in that field as well as management of electronic health records. They have three children, six year old, Atticus, five year old, Ame-lie, and three year old, Alistar.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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