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Panelist Bio

Sen. Norbert Chabert

Senator Norby Chabert was born and raised on Bayou Petite Caillou. He is a proud graduate of South Terrebonne High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Nicholls State University focusing his studies on Government and History.

Norby began his governmental service as an aid and adviser to both Republican and Democrat federal, state, and local officials across Louisiana. Following a successful career in political consulting, he returned home to his alma mater joining the presidents administration at Nicholls as associate director of marketing and development for the University.

In 2009 he resigned that position to enter a special election for an open state Senate seat that was once held by both his father Leonard and brother Marty. In August of that year he won the election and served in the Senate for two years before being re-elected without opposition to a full term in 2011. His district is comprised of most areas of the Houma-Thibodaux region, and all of the coast of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

As a member of the Louisiana Senate, Norby currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, the Judiciary B Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. In addition, Senator Chabert is Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education and also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control.

In his private life Norby is a small business owner with interest ranging from Hospitality and Service, Real Estate Development, and the Oil and Gas Industry. He currently lives in Downtown Houma and is an active member of his community.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell
- Allison A. Jones; Jones & Wilhite
- Janice Lansing, Governor Edwards’ Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.

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