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Congressional Record: Four Share Perspectives (2008)

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-04-27

Duration: 00:58:49

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Politics | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | United States. Congress. House | Moore, W. Henson, 1939- | Leach, Buddy | John, Chris | Hayes, James A. (James Allison), 1946- | MELANCON, CHARLIE


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Melancon, Charlie Interviewee
  • Lindsay, Wendell Interviewee
  • Mann, Bob Interviewee
  • Moore, Henson Panelist
  • Leach, Buddy Panelist
  • John, Chris Panelist
  • Hayes, Jimmy Panelist


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from April 27, 2008, features moderator Beth Courtney leading a discussion on Louisiana’s influence in Congress with four former Congressmen, Henson Moore, Buddy Leach, Jimmy Hayes, and Chris John. A background report on the topic by reporter Robyn Ekings, including an interview with Congressman Charlie Melancon, precedes the discussion. They discuss: their constant fundraising efforts due to the two-year House terms; the importance of connecting with and listening to their constituents; their first day in Congress; the close working relationship of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation; the growing polarization and partisanship in Congress; their most unusual request from a constituent; why they decided to run for office; and the relationship between Congress and the President. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.