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Senator (D), District 27 Louisiana

Willie Landry Mount was elected the first woman Louisiana State Senator from District 27 in 1999, after serving six and one half years as the first woman Mayor of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Currently serving her third term in the State Senate, she chairs the Health and Welfare Committee and is a member of the Transportation, Highways & Public Works Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. She also serves on the, Legislative Audit Advisory Committee, Judiciary C Committee, Select Committee on Women and Children, Select Committee on Coastal Restoration & Flood Control, Child Poverty Prevention Council, NCSL Health Committee, Southern Growth Policies Board and is an interim member of the Senate Committee on Finance.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, she is a former small business owner and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from McNeese State University.

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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