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Panelist Bio


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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     11/17 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.

Louisiana Public Square explores some of the challenges that the state’s hunters and anglers face on “Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?” Wednesday, November 22 at 7p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, November 21)
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