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  Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationDemocratic  
  2004-01-12  
 
NameKathleen Babineaux Blanco
Address
Lafayette, Louisiana , United States
EmailNone
WebsiteNone
Born December 15, 1942
DiedAugust 16, 2019 (76 years)
ContributorRalphie
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 28, 2021 01:27am
Tags Caucasian - French - Married - Cancer - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
InfoOn January 12, 2004, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco became the first woman to serve as governor of Louisiana. In her long, distinguished career, Governor Blanco has served the people with a vision of creating a new Louisiana, filled with hope and opportunity for all citizens.

As Governor, her top priorities include: providing affordable, accessible healthcare, improving the state?s education system, and creating a strong and vibrant economy.

In her inaugural address, Governor Blanco outlined her priorities as governor: ?We face important challenges in this new century: expanding our economy and creating quality jobs; building an effective health care system; improving our roads and highways; rebuilding our coastline; protecting our farmers; and ensuring that all our citizens, no matter their age, have superior educational opportunities.?

Governor Blanco believes that Louisiana?s challenges can only be met ?if we have the courage and wisdom to pursue a new and different path.? That, she says, means striking ?a hopeful chord -- one that unites our people in lifting up all Louisiana families; one that cherishes our children, protects our environment, and creates new economic opportunity for all our citizens.?

Before serving in the state?s top office, Governor Blanco completed two terms as Lieutenant Governor. As the state?s second-highest official, she supervised the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Under her leadership, tourism in Louisiana increased by 41 percent. This growth led to a $2.5 billion increase in the tourism industry?s economic contribution to the state and the creation of 21,000 new tourism-related jobs.

First elected lieutenant governor in 1995, Governor Blanco was overwhelmingly re-elected to her second term in 1999, winning 80 percent of the vote.

Governor Blanco began her career as a public servant in 1984, when she became the first woman ever elected to represent the people of Lafayette in the state Legislature. Five years later she was elected to the Public Service Commission, where she became the first woman to serve as a Commissioner and, later, as the first woman to chair the Commission (1993-94).

Before joining the public sector, Governor Blanco taught at Breaux Bridge High School, a public school in Southwest Louisiana, not far from the city of Coteau, where she was born. She received a B.S. degree in Business Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and her husband Raymond have been married since 1964. They are the parents of six children and the proud grandparents of five.



JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/01/2007-10/07/2007 Southeastern Louisiana University 46.00% ( 0.0) 44.00% ( 0.0) 10.00% ( 0.0)
09/14/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 40.00% ( 2.0) 56.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 2.0)
08/11/2006-08/13/2006 Survey USA 42.00% ( 1.0) 56.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
07/14/2006-07/16/2006 Survey USA 41.00% ( 2.0) 56.00% ( 3.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 39.00% ( 4.0) 59.00% ( 2.0) 2.00% ( 2.0)
05/12/2006-05/14/2006 Survey USA 35.00% ( 3.0) 61.00% ( 4.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 32.00% ( 6.0) 65.00% ( 6.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)
01/13/2006-01/15/2006 Survey USA 38.00% ( 5.0) 59.00% ( 4.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
12/09/2005-12/11/2005 Survey USA 33.00% ( 8.0) 63.00% ( 7.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
09/16/2005-09/18/2005 Survey USA 41.00% ( 14.0) 56.00% ( 20.0) 3.00% ( 6.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jun 08, 2011 07:00pm General Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco is diagnosed with rare eye cancer  Article COSDem 
Jan 21, 2008 06:00am News Blanco retirement pay estimated to top $65,000 a year  Article kal 
Jan 11, 2008 05:00pm News In her final days, Blanco grants clemency to very few  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Aug 28, 2007 06:00am News Blanco to testify in Mangano trial  Article kal 
Aug 11, 2007 05:00pm Speculative Blanco mulling whether to write a book after she leaves office  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Mar 14, 2007 10:00pm News La. governor outraged over faulty pumps  Article The Sunset Provision 

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RACES
  11/15/2003 LA Governor - Runoff Won 51.95% (+3.90%)
  10/04/2003 LA Governor - Initial Election Won 18.36% (+0.00%)
  10/23/1999 LA Lt. Governor Won 80.22% (+70.17%)
  11/18/1995 LA Lt. Governor - Runoff Won 65.25% (+30.51%)
  10/21/1995 LA Lt. Governor - Initial Election Won 43.68% (+28.03%)
  10/01/1994 LA PSC - District 2 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/1988 LA PSC - District 2 - Runoff Won 57.26% (+14.51%)
  10/01/1988 LA PSC - District 2 - Initial Election Won 32.32% (+13.93%)
  10/24/1987 LA State House 045 Won 60.49% (+20.99%)
ENTERED, DROPPED OUT
  10/19/1991 LA Governor - Initial Election Lost 0.00% (-33.77%)
ENDORSEMENTS
LA District 07 - Runoff - Dec 04, 2004 D Willie L. Mount
LA State Senate President - Jan 03, 2004 D Donald E. Hines
LA US President - D Primary - Mar 08, 1988 D Richard "Dick" Gephardt