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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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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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