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Panelist Bio

Rep. Kenneth Havard

Kenny is a life-long resident of the Felicianas. After graduating Jackson High School he attended International Technical Institute and LSU for Industrial Instrumentation & Design. He started a career in the private sector over 20 years As Manager of Engineering Sales. He traveled throughout the country interacting with many different State Governments, Port Authorities and engineering companies. In 2011 in his first political campaign he was elected with 62% of the vote to the Louisiana House of Representatives. As a Republican Kenny is committed to conservative principles and traditional family values. He currently sits on the House Commerce Committee, Health & Welfare Committee and Municipal and Parochial. He is a member of the Republican Delegation, Capital Region Delegation and Elected Committee Member of the Rural Caucus.

He is the sponsor of HB128, this session, The Privatization Review Act which would provide for legislative oversight and approval of contracts worth more than $5 million.

Among the Legislative Awards, Rep. Havard have received include the 2012 & 2013 Southwest Chamber of Commerce (Business Champion Award); the 2012 & 2013 Family Forum 100% (Outstanding Family Advocate); the 2013 Louisiana School Boards Association Outstanding Legislator Award and the 2014 Louisiana School Board Association Legislator of The Year.

Kenny is also a member of Rotary International, Lions Club, East & West Feliciana Chamber of Commerce. He also served as an appointed member of the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission and former member of the regional advisory committee for Easter Seals Foundation.

He is 43 years old and has been married to Shondell Escher Havard for 22 years. She is a public school teacher. Together they have two children, Davis and Jack. They are members of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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