Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, will be the honored guest speaker when the Kaplan Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual membership luncheon.

The event will take place on Friday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p .m. at the KC Hall in Kaplan.

Mitchell Joseph Landrieu, 38, is the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.

A Roman Catholic, he is the son of former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu and the brother of the senior U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu. In 2007 he won a second term as lieutenant governor in the October 20, 2007 jungle primary by defeating two Republicans: State Representative Gary J. Beard and country singer Sammy Kershaw.

Landrieu was born the fifth of nine children born to Moon and Verna Landrieu. He grew up in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans.

After graduating from Jesuit High School in 1978, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he majored in political science and theatre.

In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.

Landrieu is married to Cheryl P. Landrieu, also an attorney. They have five children: Grace, Emily, Matthew, Benjamin, and William. They reside in New Orleans.

Landrieu has been a practicing attorney for 15 years and is president of International Mediation & Arbitration, Ltd.

He is a member of the Supreme Court Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution which was responsible for developing the pilot mediation program in Orleans Parish.

Landrieu is trained in mediation and negotiation by the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project, the American Arbitration Association, and the Attorney Mediator’s Institute. Landrieu has also taught alternative dispute resolution as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Law School.

Chamber President Marlene Romero is delighted to have a state official with a tourism agenda to speak to the chamber and their guests.

“Our officers and board of directors welcome the Lt Governor and his staff to Kaplan for a wonderful lunch with our chamber members and guests.” she said.

A wonderful Cajun seafood meal will be served as custom during the lenten season.

Cost for Chamber members is $15 per person and $17.50 per non-member.

The chamber’s Easter basket giveaway drawings will be held during the luncheon with the winners receiving the baskets upon arrival at the participating member’s individual locations.

Tickets may be purchased at Kaplan Telephone/PACE Vermilion Bank, Iberia Bank, Kaplan State Bank, Marlene’s Flower Center and the Chamber office at City Hall. For more information ,call the Kaplan Chamber Office at 643-2400.

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