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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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