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Panelist Bio

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith
(D)- Baton Rouge

State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith has become well known in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana for
her tireless effort to champion causes she believes in. She has been a force for improving education in
public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and the state. Smith is a former two-term president of the EBR
School Board.

The Baton Rouge native is currently serving second terms in both the Louisiana House of
Representatives and as chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Rep. Patricia Smith attended St. Francis Xavier and Southern University Laboratory School before
graduating from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS degree in Education
from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She did post graduate work at Youngstown State in Ohio and
Louisiana State University. She has taught in public schools in Ashtabula, Ohio and Baton Rouge.
Smith retired from ExxonMobil in 2003 after working 22 years there in Community Affairs.

Rep. Smith serves on the Appropriations, Education, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and
Labor & Industrial Relations committees of the Legislature. She has many appointments, including to
the House Executive Committee and the Remedial Education Commission.

Her awards are too numerous to list here but include the first Martin Luther King Distinguished
Leadership Award in Politics, the “Fannie Lou Hamer Political Award” from Grambling University, the
Nurse-Family Partnership “Champion Award” and she was named “Legislator of the Year” by the
Louisiana School Board Association. She was recently accepted into the prestigious Henry Toll
Fellowship Program.

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is married to Freddie Smith Jr. They have six children and 11 grandchildren.

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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