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Sen. Rick Ward
D- New Roads

Rick Ward is a first term Senator in the Louisiana Legislature, serving District 17 which includes St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Assumption and St. Martin Parishes.

He is a member of the Senate Insurance and Judiciary A Committees and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Ward is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Southern University Law Center.

A native of Livonia, Ward is married to the former Dawn White, and has three children: Reese, Hayes and Hudson Ward.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


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?

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