Spotlight on History
A Year of Governors: Mike Foster
2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA! Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor on the 15th of every month.
This month, we’re continuing our series with Governor Mike Foster (b. 1930). Foster, a native of St. Mary Parish, is the grandson of Murphy J. Foster, who served as Louisiana’s 31st Governor from 1892-1900. He served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1988-1996 and as Louisiana’s 53rd Governor from 1996-2004. He holds the distinction as Louisiana’s first two-term Republican governor. Here are a few of our best stories on Governor Foster:
See LPB’s final 1995 gubernatorial debate between the two run-off candidates, State Senator Mike Foster and Congressman Cleo Fields.
Watch LPB’s live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Mike Foster at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
View LPB’s live coverage of the second inauguration of Governor Mike Foster at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
See Governor Foster discuss his personal reaction to the September 11th terrorist attacks and the state’s emergency response.
Watch a McLeod Lecture Series panel discussion on the power of the Louisiana governor with Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, and Mike Foster.
In honor of CABL’s 50th anniversary, see Governor Foster participate in a panel discussion with former Governors Edwards, Roemer, and Blanco.
View a profile of Governor Foster and his speech accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend at the 2014 gala.
Watch Governor Foster discuss his life, family, and political career in this Louisiana Legends interview with host Beth Courtney.