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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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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