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Sen. Ben Nevers to address Southeastern's Commencement

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Senator Ben Nevers
by: Rene Abadie


    HAMMOND – Louisiana State Senator Ben Nevers will provide the keynote address at Southeastern Louisiana University’s graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the University Center.
    The university will confer approximately 1,150 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
    Nevers, who represents Louisiana’s District 12, was first elected to the Senate in 2003, after serving in the House of Representatives for five years. A member of the Northshore Legislative Delegation, his district covers areas in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes, including Southeastern.
    Most recently Nevers has been asked by Governor-elect John Bel Edwards to oversee his administration’s transition and to serve as chief of staff for the Office of the Governor.
    A 1969 graduate of Louisiana Technical College, Nevers served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971. The Bogalusa Democrat owns an electrical contracting business and serves as deacon in his church. He has also served as a member of the Bogalusa City School Board and has developed in the Legislature a strong, long-standing commitment to improving education at all levels.
    He also serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary A Committee and as a member of several other committees, including Transportation, Highways and Public Works; Health and Welfare; Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay and the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.
    Nevers serves on several other bodies, including the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority, the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence, and the Education Commission of the States. He is a member of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Testing Commission, the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education, the Deep Water Port Task Force and the Southern Regional Education Board’s Legislative Advisory Council.
    Nevers serves with several non-profit organizations that reflect his interests in agriculture, economic development, education, health care and infrastructure. He is a former president of the United Way, serves on the executive board for the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the St. Tammany Right to Life Association, the Louisiana Farm Bureau, the Louisiana and Washington Parish Cattlemen’s associations and Washington Parish Forestry Landowners Association.
    Nevers is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Mondale-Brooke Award for Fair Housing Leadership and Civic Participation, the Louisiana Association for Justice Public Service Award, the 2011 Rural Health Legislator of the Year Award by the Louisiana Rural Health Association and the Louisiana Public Health Association’s Public Service Award. He has also been recognized with the President’s Award from the Louisiana School Psychological Association, the Louisiana School Board Association’s Legislator of the Year Award, and several awards from Louisiana Family Forum.
   




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