Christ John to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Chris John, a former U.S.Representative. will be among six Louisiana politicians who will be inducted into the 2009 Louisiana Political Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Chris John served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995 and served in the U.S. Representative from 1997 to 2005. He accepted the top lobbying job with the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association in 2007.

Other inductees will be:

Al Ater, former state representative from Ferriday, who became acting Secretary of State after Fox McKeithen’s death in 2005. He also served as chief deputy commissioner of the Department of Insurance in 2004.

Foster Campbell, District 36 senator elected in 1975 and to six, subsequent terms, and Public Service Commissioner from 2002. He established the $1 billion Educaitonal Excellence Fund for local schools from the state’s Tobacco Settlement.

Walter Lee, who was first elected clerk of court of Evangeline Parish in 1955 and has been re-elected to the post ever since.

Jessel Ourse, who was elected as the state’s youngest sheriff at the age of 31 in 1963 in Iberville Parish. She served four terms as sheriff and served as an elected member of the 1973 Constitutional


Pat Taylor, who was chairman, president and CEO of Taylor Energy Company until his death in 2004. He created the Taylor Plan (TOPS) which gave countless Louisiana children the opportunity to go to college. He was also a member of numerous committees and boards at the state and national level.

The induction ceremony will be held in Winnfield on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, with a reception for friends and families on the honorees and media from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum, located at 499 East Main Street.

Following at 7 p.m. will be the induction banquet at the Winnfield Civic Center, located at 2000 South Jones Street. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased from the museum for $50 each by calling 1-877-628-5928 prior to Jan. 23, 2009.All tickets must be reserved and paid in advance.

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