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Lydia P. Jackson
Senator (D), Louisiana

State Senator Lydia P. Jackson, a native of Shreveport, was elected to that post in 2004. She is also Vice President, Community Outreach Director for Hibernia National Bank, a position she has held since 1996. Jackson is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jackson is currently a Board Member for the following organizations: The Arc of Caddo-Bossier, Highland Area Partnership, Shreveport-Bossier Service Connection, Foundation for the Mid South, and The Strand Theater. She is also involved in various capacities with a number of other Shreveport-Bossier area organizations.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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