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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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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

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09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

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


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

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

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