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Rep. Walt Leger, III
D-New Orleans, House Speaker Pro Tempore

Walter “Walt” J. Leger III was elected by acclimation in 2012 to serve as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, the youngest member to ever serve in this second highest post. He was first elected to the Legislature representing District 91 in the Louisiana House in the fall of 2007, and re-elected without opposition in 2011 and in 2015 to represent parts of Uptown, Central City, the Lower Garden District, the Irish Channel, Broadmoor, Marleyville and Hollygrove in New Orleans. Leger is an attorney at the law firm of Leger & Shaw in New Orleans where he practices in Admiralty & Maritime law and commercial, insurance, and complex civil litigation. After graduating from Louisiana State University with numerous honors, Leger attended Tulane Law School, earning a certificate of specialization in Admiralty & Maritime Law. At Tulane, Leger served as the Business Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Newsletter. After law school, Leger served as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, specializing in the felony prosecution of violent offenders and narcotics traffickers.

In the Legislature, Leger serves on the Louisiana Bond Commission, the powerful Appropriations Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the budget, as well as the Education Committee. He also serves ex-officio on all standing committees, and has previously served as a member of the Criminal Justice Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the House Executive Committee, the Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Technology Sub-Committee of the House Executive Committee. Leger also chairs the Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission, as well as the Louisiana State Witness Protection Services Board. In October 2012, Leger was elected to the Chairmanship of the Southern Rail Commission formerly known as the Southern High Speed Rail Commission, which is made up of representatives of the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Leger continues to focus on strategic infrastructure investments particularly for our Ports and rail facilities, making our State a safer, smarter and more sustainable place to live, and ensuring economic and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Leger currently resides in New Orleans with his wife Danielle Doiron Leger.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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