Marshall Brown served two terms in the state House of Representatives and two terms on the State Board of Education. He was a Democratic National Committeeman and was highly respected within the state and nationally as a brilliant political operator, strategist and fundraiser.
John Fournet served as speaker of the House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Richard “Dick” Guidry served as Louisiana State Representative from 1964 until his retirement in 1976. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1950 at the age of 21, which made him the youngest State Representative in State history.
John Hunt, II, was a nephew of Governors Huey P. Long and Earl K. Long, who practiced law in Monroe, Louisiana. He was appointed by Governor John McKeithen to fill District 3’s seat on the Public Service Commission after McKeithen was elected governor. In 1966 he won a full six year term to that same seat.
Rose McConnell Long was appointed to complete the U.S. Senate term of her late husband, Huey P. Long, which made her Louisiana’s first female senator. She then won a special election to serve the remaining months of her husband’s term.
Edward “Bubby” Lyons is the only politician in Louisiana history to serve as Mayor of two different cities, Houma and Mandeville. He has also served as a Terrebonne Parish Police Juror, President of Terrebonne Parish, and interim councilman-at-large in Mandeville. Lyons also held elected posts in the Louisiana Municipal Association and the Louisiana Police Jury Association.
Robert “Bob” Mann is a journalist and historian who holds the Manship Chair in Mass Communications at the LSU Manship School. He has spent more than 20 years working in national and Louisiana state politics. Mann was press secretary for U.S. Senators Russell Long and John Breaux and communications director for Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Harvey Peltier, Jr. represented District 21 as a Louisiana State Senator from 1964-72. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1948 and served on the University of Louisiana System Board of Trustees for state colleges and universities.
The Edwards Family will receive the 2014 Political Family Award. The family’s history of service to Louisiana dates back to 1814 when Daniel Edwards fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. Daniel served in the West Florida Republic Legislature and started a family legacy in politics and public service. A branch of this legacy continues with state Representative John Bel Edwards, former Sheriff Frank Edwards, Jr. the son and grandson of Tangipahoa Parish sheriffs before him, Independence Police Chief Frank Edwards, current Sheriff Daniel Edwards, and 21st Judicial District Judge Blair Edwards.