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Feb 08, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family.

The Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family serves to propose programs, policies, incentives, and curriculum regarding marriage and family by collecting and analyzing data on the social and personal effects of marriage and child-bearing within the state of Louisiana. 

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of a maximum of 29 members including the governor, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the commissioner of higher education, the superintendent of the Department of Education, the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet, the executive director of the Office of Women’s Policy, the director of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or their designees. The remaining 20 members are gubernatorial appointments, including the following:
  • Two members of the Louisiana State Senate selected from nominations submitted by the president of the Senate; 
  • Two members of the House of Representatives selected from nominations submitted by the speaker of the House of Representatives; 
  • A representative of the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission; 
  • A member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; 
  • A member representing the interests and concerns of two-parent families; 
  • A member representing the interests and concerns of single-parent families; and 
  • Twelve members who have significant academic and/or professional expertise in one or more of the following areas: 
    • Marriage education and/or marriage skills training; 
    • Marriage, family and/or juvenile counseling and/or mediation; 
    • Education; 
    • Law; 
    • Public health; 
    • Sociology, social science, and/or social work; and 
    • Community programs and/or assistance. 
Appointments to the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family:

Cordelia Haney, of New Orleans, is the Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Policy. Haney will be appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Policy, as required by statute.

Audrey Pugh, of Baton Rouge, is the Healthy Louisiana 2020 Program Manager at the Department of Health and Hospitals. Pugh will be reappointed to serve as the designee of the Secretary of Health and Hospitals, as required by statute.

Connie Bradford, of Ruston, was formerly the head of school at Cedar Creek School. Bradford will be appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, as required by statute.

Rev. Juan Huertas, of Baton Rouge, is the Senior Pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Rev. Huertas will be appointed to serve as a designee of the Commissioner of Higher Education, as required by statute.

 
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