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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.

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04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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