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Rep. Valarie Hodges
(R)- Denham Springs

Representative Valarie Hodges has a proven track record of leadership, professional experience and civic involvement. She is a passionate leader and before being elected this past October was the past President of the Livingston Parish Republican Women's Club, which she helped restart five years ago. Representative Hodges has been a relentless volunteer in many Republican campaigns to elect conservative leaders to public office.

Rep. Hodges attended Central High School and Jr. High where she met and married her childhood sweetheart, Leland Hodges. They were married 39 yrs. ago and together have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She and her husband, Leland own and operate two successful small businesses and are committed to improving the business climate in Louisiana.

Rep. Hodges has been very involved with CASA and with WOW (Women Outreaching Women) and spearheaded many community events. She and her husband were missionaries for 18 years and lived in extremely harsh conditions. She knows what it's like to roll up her sleeves and work side by side with people on a tight budget and very limited resources.

While campaigning, a constituent who works with the Sheriff's Office shared about the problem with internet predators and children and how wide spread it is. One of the bills she has introduced is HB236 involving educating our children about internet safety. It has passed in the House Education committee, House floor and Senate Education committee. It is pending passage today, Wed. 5/23 on the Senate floor.

Representative Hodges is a strong voice and leader who is working "For the People and With the People."

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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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