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Panelist Bio


Steve Scalise
Representative (R), Louisiana

Steve Scalise was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1995 with 68% of the vote against two opponents in his first run for public office. He was re-elected in 1999 against a well-financed opponent and again in 2003 without opposition.

Rep. Scalise is a member of the following committees: Appropriations (elected by legislative peers from the 1st Congressional District), Labor & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Rep. Scalise is employed as a Systems Engineer for a local technology company and serves as a Board Member for America of New Orleans, the American Italian Renaissance Foundation and Jefferson Senior Center.

Rep. Scalise is a graduate from Rummel High School and has a Degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and a minor in Political Science. He is married to the former Jennifer Letulle.

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     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

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