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Sen. Ben W. Nevers, Sr. (D)
Chair of the Senate Education Committee

Ben W. Nevers was first elected to the State Senate in 2004, after serving a term in the House of Representatives. He is currently serving his second term, representing Senate District 12. Senator Nevers began his public service on the Bogalusa School Board, serving from 1987-1994.

He is a graduate of Bogalusa High School and the Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus. Senator Nevers also served his country in the Army from 1965 – 1971.

Senator Nevers focuses most of his efforts in five major policy areas: Education, Agriculture, Economic Development, Health Care, and Infrastructure. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and is also a member of the Senate Agriculture, Health & Welfare, and Retirement committees. He serves on a number of other related committees and commission including the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence, the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.


Senator Nevers has received numerous awards for his public service including the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and Metro Vision 2002 Business Champion Award and the 2003 Economic Development Champion Award, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers 2004 Senator of the Year, the Louisiana School Boards Association Legislator of the Year Award for 2010, and has been the recipient of multiple Louisiana Association of Educators Appreciation Awards.


Senator Nevers is married to Ann Williams Nevers. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is the President and CEO of NECO, L.L.C. (Nevers Electrical Contracting), established in 1980.

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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)

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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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