Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

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Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is the first African-American woman to be elected to the Louisiana State Senate from East Baton Rouge Parish and is the first African-American woman to be elected Mayor-President of Baton Rouge. During her tenure in the Legislature, Broome focused on bills related to children and families, giving subsidies to struggling grandparents raising their grandchildren and making it easier for domestic violence victims to break leases to escape abusers. Broome has authored significant pieces of legislation, such as the Children's Trust Fund Bill, Saturday Academy Program, Kinship Care Subsidy Program, Social Work Practice Act and the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family.