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Mike Michot
Senator (R), Lafayette, Chairman of Senate Finance Committee

Senator Mike Michot has been representing the Lafayette area in the Louisiana Legislature for the past thirteen years. District 23 State Senator Michot came to the Senate from the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served from 1996-2000. Senate District 23 comprises most of the city and parish of Lafayette.

Senator Michot owns Premier Medical Equipment, a major supplier of medical equipment and medical supplies. He is also real estate developer, and is active in community service organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, the American Heart Association and the United Way.

He graduated from Cathedral-Carmel High School in Lafayette and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana.

Currently, Senator Michot serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, dealing with the appropriation of state funds, including the cash portion of the comprehensive state capital budget.

Prior to his current role as Finance Chairman, Senator Michot served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Consumer Affairs and Technology, and has drafted several pieces of legislation encouraging the integration of technology into the governmental process.

In the Senate, Senator Michot also serves on the Natural Resources and the Commerce and Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee.

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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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