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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.

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.)

Our panelists are:
• Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish
• Betty Muller, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

The program features interviews with Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith; Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington; Director of Security for Bossier Parish Schools, Lt. Adam Johnson; and Meagan Medley, Ph.D., a nationally-certified school psychologist and assistant professor at Nicholls State University. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, will moderate the discussion.

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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