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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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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.

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

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” 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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