LSU Celebrates the Dedication of Senator Mary Landrieu’s Papers
BATON ROUGE – On Sunday, April 14, LSU held a ceremony at Hill Memorial Library to celebrate the dedication of former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s papers, which she donated to LSU Libraries Special Collections.
Speakers at the event included Landrieu, LSU President F. King Alexander and East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
LSU Special Collections received Landrieu’s records last spring. These records, totaling 1,600 cubic feet, relate to her 18-year career in the U.S. Senate. They cover subjects such as health, education, women’s issues, child welfare, Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans levee breaches, Hurricanes Rita and Wilma, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and other environmental issues. Her records also reflect her service as a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee, chair of the Small Business Committee, and chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Senator Landrieu served three terms in the United States Senate from 1997-2015. During her distinguished career in the Senate, she served as Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
In addition, Landrieu served on the Appropriations Committee for 16 years and served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security in the early years of the Department’s inception. She is best known for her work on issues related to energy and coastal restoration and resiliency, including the passage of the landmark Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act and the RESTORE Act, the single largest one-term environmental investment in the Gulf Coast in the nation’s history.
When New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were devastated in the aftermath of catastrophic Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Senator Landrieu led the bipartisan Congressional effort to secure an unprecedented level of federal funding for the area. She also created new policies and guidelines for rebuilding and restoration efforts which have had a lasting impact on responses to natural disasters.
Earlier in her career, Landrieu was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where she represented an urban district in New Orleans for eight years prior to serving two terms as State Treasurer. When she was first elected in 1979 at the age of 23, she was one of only three women out of 139 members of the Louisiana House of Representatives. This experience shaped her views about equality and opportunity for women and other politically marginalized groups. She used her position in state government to advocate for victims of domestic violence, reform Louisiana’s child welfare and to improve educational education outcomes for children.
Landrieu now serves as a senior policy advisor at Van Ness Feldman LLP in Washington, D.C., where she advises clients on a wide range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues with an emphasis on energy, natural resources, and water infrastructure.
About Special Collections
In 1985, the LSU Libraries organized the Special Collections division to administer the rare books, manuscripts, and other special research collections already held by the libraries. The division's principal mission is to preserve these collections, add to them, and make them available for use. Special Collections offers resources for original research in many fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, the fine arts, and design.
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