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U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to Deliver

Released: 12/05/2000

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) will hold commencement exercises on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. for approximately 60 graduates. The ceremony will take place in the Physical Education building on campus. </p><p> United States Senator Mary Landrieu will present the commencement address. Also expected to attend the fall commencement exercises are Dr. William Jenkins, president of the LSU System and Charlie Weems, former chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Rabbi Arnold Task, a member of the LSUA Lay Advisory Committee, will present the invocation and benediction. </p><p> On January 7, 1997, Landrieu became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the United States Senate. With her 1999 appointment to the Armed Services Committee, she also became the first Democratic woman, and only the second Louisianian, to serve on the top national security panel. </p><p> Sen. Landrieu first held public office at the age of 23 when she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1979. After two terms in the House, she served eight years as State Treasurer, finding innovative solutions for the state&acute;s fiscal problems including responsible state debt limitations and investments for education. </p><p> In 1998, Landrieu joined a number of state leaders and child advocates to launch "Steps to Success," a public/private partnership focused on ensuring all children are ready to start school. The innovative program focuses on increasing learning opportunities for children from birth to age 3, the time when 90 percent of a child&acute;s brain develops. Sen. Landrieu continues to be an advocate for children and families through her work in support of adoption. </p><p> Born in 1955, Sen. Landrieu is the oldest of nine siblings and the daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu and Verna Landrieu. She is married to Frank Snellings and they have two young children, Connor and Mary Shannon </p>