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Commissioner Mike Strain to present Morrison Lecture April 2

Contact: Rene Abadie


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Commissioner Mike Strain

     HAMMONDCommissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain will present Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. 
     The free lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event honors the late James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967.

     The lecture explores critical and topical themes pertaining to public policy. Previous speakers have included U.S. Senators John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representatives Lindy Boggs and W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, state Senators John Hainkel and Melvin “Kip” Holden, state Rep. Henry “Tank” Powell, and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Jack A. “Jay” Blossman Jr. and Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.

     Strain was elected to his current position in 2007, having served  two terms as state representative for House District 74. While in the legislature, he served on the Agriculture Committee and chaired the Legislative Rural Caucus, the largest legislative caucus in the state. The St. Tammany Parish Alliance for Good Government named him Legislator of the Year.

     A native of Covington and a veterinarian, Strain maintained a large animal practice in St. Tammany Parish and remains involved in herd health consulting. He was one of three veterinarians from Louisiana chosen to train in a bioterrorism awareness programs sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2003, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine presented him its Distinguished Alumni Award.

     For additional information about the Morrison Lecture, call the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, 985-549-2151.

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