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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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