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  Foster Jr., M. J. "Mike"
NameM. J. "Mike" Foster Jr.
Franklin, Louisiana , United States
Born July 11, 1930
DiedOctober 04, 2020 (90 years)
Last ModifedDavid
Oct 14, 2020 11:32am
Tags Air Force - Episcopalian -
InfoMurphy James "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Murphy J. "MIKE" FOSTER JR. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. As a young man, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in chemistry. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force in Korea from 1952 until 1955, when he returned home to work as a sugar cane farmer. Beginning in 1987, he was elected to two terms in the state senate, where he chaired the Commerce Committee and was a member of the Transportation, Highways and Public Works, and Judiciary committees. He was president of the St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau; chairman of the Sugar Growers' Committee of the Louisiana Farm Bureau, Sterling Sugars, Inc., and Bayou Sale Contractors, Inc.; vice president of the Franklin Jaycees; and junior warden of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. His successes as governor include substantial investments in higher and postsecondary education, including additional funding of the successful TOPS scholarship program and raising faculty salaries for postsecondary teachers. Much of the state's tobacco settlement funds were put in trust for the future for health care and at-risk youth. Legislation passed that cut unemployment taxes by 20 percent, raised unemployment benefits by 20 percent, and increased the state's incumbent worker training fund from $6 million to $50 million. This fund is expected to provide upgraded training to more than 40,000 Louisiana workers a year. Governor Foster helped require mandatory minimum sentences for crimes involving a firearm and to limit product liability lawsuits against gun dealers and manufacturers. The legislature also approved his proposal requiring schoolchildren to use respectful terms in addressing their teachers. He is first vice chairman of the Southern Governors' Association. On October 23, 1999, he became the first Louisiana governor to be reelected to two consecutive terms in the past 20 years, winning 62 percent of the vote. During his second term, he is focusing on education and eradicating poverty in Louisiana.

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11/04/2003-11/06/2003 Mason-Dixon 49.00% ( 0.0) 48.00% ( 0.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)

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May 08, 2006 06:55pm News Former Gov. Mike Foster graduating from law school  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Jan 03, 2004 12:00am Analysis Foster leaves mixed legacy  Article ArmyDem 

Importance? 9.00000 Average

Father Murphy J. Foster, Jr. 1898-1981
Grandfather Murphy J. Foster 1849-1921

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