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Panelist Bio


Sharon Weston Broome
Baton Rouge Mayor-President

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." Sharon Weston Broome's journey as a public servant has spanned for over two decades. A journey that started on the Metro-Council and has recently culminated with her election as the first female elected Mayor-President of Baton Rouge-East Baton Rouge Parish.

Prior to becoming "Mayor Broome," Sharon served as a Louisiana State Representative (District 29) and a Louisiana State Senator (District 15). While in the legislature, Broome became the first female to hold the leadership position of Pro Tempore in the House and Senate. She leaves a legacy in the legislature of empowering children, families, and communities through the legislation she authored.

Over the years, Mayor Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by a number of organizations including the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Health Freedom Coalition, the American Heart Association, Every Child Matters, Morehouse College - just to name a few.

With a B.A. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and an M.A. in Communications from Regent University, Sharon has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University. In addition, Mayor Broome served for five years as a reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC affiliate, Baton Rouge).

Faith and family are a priority for Broome. She is a member of Star Hill Church. Sharon is happily married to Marvin Broome, and they are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.

Early on in her journey, Broome was cited by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Women - Leading the Way in the Capital City." Today Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is truly leading the way in the Capital City as she encourages everyone to join her in building a "new Baton Rouge" where everyone sees the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations.

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     06/18 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?  (ENCORE)

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.

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