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Panelist Bio


Sen. Gerald Long
(R) Winnfield

Republican State Senator Gerald Long is serving his second term in the State Senate. He was elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected without opposition in 2011 to serve Senatorial District 31 which includes all of Sabine and Red River Parishes, a majority of Natchitoches Parish and parts of Grant, Winn and Rapides Parishes.

Senator Long is a graduate of Winnfield Senior High School and Northwestern State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Education with Social Studies and a minor in English. His work experience has included teaching at Houma Junior High School, Leesville High School and a career with State Farm Insurance. After retiring from the insurance business he, along with his wife Rose, became representatives for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where they served students throughout the district by providing leadership and setting a positive example.

Senator Long is married to the former Rose Landry of Gueydan, Louisiana. The Longs are the parents of three children, Andrea Long Phillips, Pam Long Jordan, Richard Long and the proud grandparents of nine grandsons. They are members of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, where he serves on the deacon board. He is a member and past president of the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club, member of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce and a member of Northwestern State University Athletic Board of Directors. He was elected Man of the Year by the Professional Business Women of Natchitoches in 2005, elected Legislator of the Year by Rural Hospital Association in 2008, and awarded the Tourism Louey Award in 2012.

As a state legislator, Senator Long has served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee of Insurance. He sat on the Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Education Committee and also was on the Select Committee on Homeland Security. He currently serves as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee, Insurance Committee, Retirement Committee, is an Interim Member of Finance, and serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Legislative Advisory Board for the Southern Regional Education Board and the Legislative Rural Caucus.

Louisiana State Senate - Biography Page.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

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

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