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Panelist Bio

Sen. Blade Morrish
R-Jennings, Chair of Senate Education Committee

District 25 State Senator Dan W. “Blade” Morrish is serving his third term in the State Senate. The Jennings Republican was elected to the House of Representative in 1996 and re-elected without opposition in 2000, 2004, 2011 and 2015.

Senator Morrish is a graduate of Jennings High School and McNeese State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. His work experience has included marine underwriting with The Insurance Company of North America, sales and operations management with Browning-Ferris Industries, sales manager for 3 Star Sand, Blast & Paint, and owner-operator of Capitol City Hardware & Implement Company of Jennings for 25 years. He is currently employed by the Lake Charles Pilots as Business Manager.

Morrish is married to the former Kathy Vidrine of Lake Charles. The Morrish’s are the parents of two children, Erin Morrish Boudreaux and Chris Morrish, and four beautiful grandchildren. They are members of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, where he served three terms on the parish council and is actively involved with Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House having served on the lay advisory board and as a retreat captain. He is a member of the Jennings Rotary Club, a member, past board member and past president of the Greater Jennings Chamber of Commerce, a past board member and past president of the Jennings Merchants Credit Bureau and holds membership in various trade organizations.

As a state legislator, Senator Morrish is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and is a member of TOPS task force which will study ways to sustain the scholarship program and make recommendations to the legislature this fall. Morrish is also a member of the Senate Environmental Quality and Insurance Committees. He is also an interim member of the Senate Finance Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery and on the Board of Directors of Professional Insurance Association of Louisiana. He is a member of the Coastal Restoration Flood Control Committee, the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Legislative Rural Caucus, and the Acadiana Delegation.

District 25 includes all of Jefferson Davis and Cameron Parishes, parts of Acadia Parish and the Southeast part of Calcasieu Parish.

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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