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Paul Rainwater
Commissioner of Administration

In June 2010, Paul W. Rainwater was selected by Gov. Bobby Jindal to serve as Commissioner of Administration, the chief financial advisor to the Governor and chief administrative officer for the state.

Paul Rainwater most recently served as Governor Bobby Jindal's Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Previously, Rainwater served as legislative director and chief of operations for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. From June 2006 to January 2007, he served as director of hazard mitigation and intergovernmental affairs at the LRA, where he managed program policies, served as team leader and coordinated with state and federal agencies to set mitigation priorities. From July 2000 to June 2006, Rainwater served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Lake Charles.

Rainwater also formerly served as manager of governmental affairs for Conoco, Inc., Gulf Coast Business Unit in Baton Rouge from 1998 to July 2000; as manager of public affairs for ARCO Chemical in Lake Charles from 1995 to May 1998; and as administrative aide to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Lake Charles from 1988 to 1996.

In addition to his public service duties, Rainwater also serves as a colonel with the Louisiana Army National Guard in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. He previously served as a lieutenant colonel in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Louisiana Army National Guard and as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves' 336th Finance Command. For his military service, Rainwater has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Rainwater earned a bachelor's degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a master's degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and is certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

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

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What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


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What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


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Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


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Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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