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Louisiana's Influence in Washington (2007)

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-04-29

Duration: 00:56:28

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Politics | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | United States. Congress | Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | Breaux, John B. | Long, Russell B. | Energy | COASTAL RESTORATION | Health Care | Bush, George, 1924- | Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 | Clinton, Bill, 1946- | Reagan, Ronald


  • Mann, Bob Moderator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Mann, Bob Interviewee
  • Moore, Henson Interviewee
  • Borne, Dan Interviewee
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Panelist
  • Breaux, John Panelist


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from April 29, 2007, features moderator Bob Mann leading a discussion on Louisiana’s influence in Congress with two former United States Senators from Louisiana, J. Bennett Johnston and John Breaux. A background report on the topic by reporter Robyn Ekings precedes their discussion. Johnston and Breaux discuss: what they miss about public service; their first memories in Washington, D.C.; how to amass power for the state; how bipartisanship changed during their terms in office; their mentors in Congress, including United States Senator Russell Long of Louisiana and United States Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi; their encounters with U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan; their work on energy policy, coastal restoration, and health care; and the relationship between Louisiana’s Congressional delegation and state officials. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.