Biography - Broome | LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs

photo: broomeMayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

City of Baton Rouge
Parish of East Baton Rouge

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."

Sharon Weston Broome's journey as a public servant has spanned over two decades. Her first step as a councilwoman has led to her election as the first woman elected mayor-president of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish.

Prior to her current post, Broome served as a Louisiana State Representative (District 29) and a Louisiana State Senator (District 15). While in the legislature, she became the first woman to hold the leadership position of Pro Tempore in the House and Senate. She leaves a legacy in the legislature of empowering children, families and communities through the legislation she authored.

Over the years, Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by several organizations, including the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Health Freedom Coalition, the American Heart Association, Every Child Matters and Morehouse College.

With a B.A. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and an M.A. in communications from Regent University, Broome has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University. In addition, she was a reporter for five years for WBRZ-TV, the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate.

Faith and family are a priority for Broome. She is a member of Star Hill Church, and is happily married to Marvin Broome. They are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.

Early in her journey, Broome was cited by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Women Leading the Way in the Capital City." Today she continues to lead as she encourages everyone to join her in building a "new Baton Rouge," a place where people from all walks of life can see and seize positive opportunities.