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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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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square 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 the station websites for schedules.



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