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2012 OMF Conference - Honorable Kathleen Blanco's Keynote Address

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Published on Jun 1, 2012

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This keynote address by the Honorable Kathleen B. Blanco is from the 2012 OMF Conference.

The Honorable Kathleen B. Blanco is the first woman to have been elected governor of Louisiana. She began her career in public service to the State of Louisiana in 1984 when she became the first woman ever elected to represent the people of Lafayette in the state legislature. She served two terms before being elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC). While on the PSC, she served as chairperson in the 1993 and 1994. In 1996, she was elected to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor where, along with many other economic activities, her job was to position Louisiana along with Paris, Rome, and London as a top travel destination.

Before being elected governor, Mrs. Blanco served two terms as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. She was re-elected by an overwhelming eighty percent of the state's electorate. As the state's second-highest official, she directly supervised the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, which encompasses the Offices of State Parks, State Museums, State Libraries, Cultural Development and Tourism. Recently, through the park system, she was successful in launching the Audubon Golf Trail. She also administered the Louisiana Serve Commission and the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission. Louisiana Serve oversees 64 national service projects across Louisiana and involves more than 13,000 service volunteers. The retirement development commission is dedicated to marketing Louisiana as a premier retirement state.

Mrs. Blanco and her husband Raymond have been married since 1964. They are the parents of six children and the proud grandparents of five. In June 2011, Governor Blanco was been diagnosed with choroidal melanoma.

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