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Sen. Gerald Long
(R) Winnfield

Republican State Senator Gerald Long is serving his second term in the State Senate. He was elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected without opposition in 2011 to serve Senatorial District 31 which includes all of Sabine and Red River Parishes, a majority of Natchitoches Parish and parts of Grant, Winn and Rapides Parishes.

Senator Long is a graduate of Winnfield Senior High School and Northwestern State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Education with Social Studies and a minor in English. His work experience has included teaching at Houma Junior High School, Leesville High School and a career with State Farm Insurance. After retiring from the insurance business he, along with his wife Rose, became representatives for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where they served students throughout the district by providing leadership and setting a positive example.

Senator Long is married to the former Rose Landry of Gueydan, Louisiana. The Longs are the parents of three children, Andrea Long Phillips, Pam Long Jordan, Richard Long and the proud grandparents of nine grandsons. They are members of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, where he serves on the deacon board. He is a member and past president of the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club, member of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce and a member of Northwestern State University Athletic Board of Directors. He was elected Man of the Year by the Professional Business Women of Natchitoches in 2005, elected Legislator of the Year by Rural Hospital Association in 2008, and awarded the Tourism Louey Award in 2012.

As a state legislator, Senator Long has served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee of Insurance. He sat on the Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Education Committee and also was on the Select Committee on Homeland Security. He currently serves as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee, Insurance Committee, Retirement Committee, is an Interim Member of Finance, and serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Legislative Advisory Board for the Southern Regional Education Board and the Legislative Rural Caucus.

Louisiana State Senate - Biography Page.

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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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