Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards born Sept. 16, 1966. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Amite High School. He went on to be on the Dean’s List when he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1988. Over his eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army, he progressed to be the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After his service, he attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He graduated Order of Coif and started practicing civil law in the city of Amite where he grew up. He went from law to politics in 2008, when he decided to run for the Louisiana House of Representatives. He won and represented District 72 for eight years. In 2015, He was elected from the Democratic Party to be the fifty-sixth governor of Louisiana. He was sworn in on Jan. 11, 2016. He lives in Roseland, Louisiana, along with his spouse (Donna Hutto) and is the father of two daughters (Samantha Bel and Sarah Ellen) and one son (John Miller).

Although Gov. Edwards hasn’t held his position for a year, he certainly has had his plate full. In July, he dealt with matters on police brutality following the murder of Alton Sterling. This caused riots and violent outcries against police officers days after the attack on Dallas police officers. He was wise to seek counsel with president Obama on these issues. On Aug. 12, he declared that Louisiana was in a state of emergency due to severe weather and flooding. Gov. Edwards was happy for support until Republican Nominee Donald Trump asked to show his support to the state of Louisiana. Gov. Edwards was happy to receive a check, but did not want Trump to come down for a “Photo Op.”