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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


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?

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!


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?

Recent Topics


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

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

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