Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on Pres. Joseph R. Biden’s appointment of Louisiana State Rep. Ted James as Regional Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator for Region 6, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Gov. Edwards said: 

“Congratulations to my friend Ted James, who has been a fierce advocate for the people of Louisiana during his years of service as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.  He has been a leader on many issues, especially criminal justice reform. He has been a strong partner, and he has challenged me at times. Ted is never afraid to speak up for what is right and work hard for those he represents, and that is why he is an excellent choice for this position. I will miss having him as a confidant in the State Capitol, but President Biden picked an experienced and accomplished Louisiana leader when he selected Ted for this job.”