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A Year of Governors: Mike Foster

Governor 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:


1995 Governor's Debate between Cleo Fields and Mike Foster


Gubernatorial Debate (1995)

See LPB’s final 1995 gubernatorial debate between the two run-off candidates, State Senator Mike Foster and Congressman Cleo Fields.



1996 Inauguration of Mike Foster


Inauguration (1996)

Watch LPB’s live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Mike Foster at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.




2000 Inauguration of Mike Foster


Inauguration (2000)

View LPB’s live coverage of the second inauguration of Governor Mike Foster at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.




Governor Mike Foster Press Conference - September 12, 2001


September 12th Press Conference (2001) 

See Governor Foster discuss his personal reaction to the September 11th terrorist attacks and the state’s emergency response.



Governors Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, and Mike Foster on the McLeod Lecture Series


Power of Politics: A Forum of Governors (2005)

Watch a McLeod Lecture Series panel discussion on the power of the Louisiana governor with Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, and Mike Foster.



Gov. Mike Foster at CABL Event in 2012


Four Governors, One Event (2012)

In honor of CABL’s 50th anniversary, see Governor Foster participate in a panel discussion with former Governors Edwards, Roemer, and Blanco.



Governor Mike Foster at the 2014 Louisiana Legends Gala


Louisiana Legends Gala (2014)

View a profile of Governor Foster and his speech accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend at the 2014 gala.




Governor Mike Foster on Louisiana Legends


Louisiana Legends Interview (2014)

Watch Governor Foster discuss his life, family, and political career in this Louisiana Legends interview with host Beth Courtney.




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Louisiana Governors

You can check out our past posts on Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, Jimmie Davis, John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, Dave Treen, and Buddy Roemer. You can also explore more stories on Louisiana Governors!