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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 8, 2005
CONTACT: BRENDA HODGE
SENATE OFFICE OF
COMMUNICATION
PHONE: 225-342-9737

SEN. SHEPHERD OFFICIALLY SEATED AS NEW DISTRICT 3 STATE SENATOR 

TAKES OATH OF OFFICE

Derrick Shepherd is the new state senator for Senate District 3. Governor Kathleen Blanco administered a ceremonial oath of office to Senator Shepherd (D-Marrero) Wednesday in the senate chamber at the State Capitol. Senator Shepherd won a special election last month to replace former State Senator Lambert Boissiere who currently serves as Constable, 1st City Court New Orleans. Joining him at the podium to witness the swearing-in ceremony were fellow State Senators Chris Ullo and Lydia Jackson as well as Senate President Pro Tempore Diana Bajoie who held the Bible for the ceremony.

Senator Shepherd comes to the Louisiana Senate from the Louisiana House of Representatives where he was serving his first term. The attorney and veteran of the first Persian Gulf War is the first African-American from Jefferson Parish elected to serve in the state senate.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve a more diverse and broad base of constituents," Senator Shepherd said. "In the remainder of this session, I will continue my focus on legislation that I have supported to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens in Louisiana."

In the senate, Senator Shepherd will initially serve on the Senate Committee on Retirement. Senate District 3 includes parts of the West Bank including Algiers Point and sections of Gretna, Harvey and Marrero as well as parts of New Orleans including sections of the Lakefront, the 8th Ward, the French Quarter, and the Fair Grounds area.

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