LOUISIANA STATE SENATOR PAULETTE IRONS became the second female
State Senator in Louisiana in November 1994.
Her passion for community empowerment has translated into cooperation
with local schools, businesses, organizations, and hospitals to provide
numerous outreaches and programs. She has introduced and helped pass
legislation in the interest of families and children, neighborhoods,
education, and economic development.
In the Senate, Senator Irons serves as Vice Chair of the Revenue and
Fiscal Affairs Committee, a member of the Joint Capital Outlay
Committee, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the Education, and
the Judiciary C Committees. She is also an at-large member of the Bond
Commission. Sen. Irons was recently re-elected president of
the Louisiana Women's Caucus and President of the Louisiana Initiative for
Teen Pregnancy. She is a member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus,
as well as numerous local and national organizations, including National
Order of Black Elected Legislators, National Foundation for Women
Legislators, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Independent
Women's Organization, League of Women Voters, and Women For a Better
Senator Irons is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, born in Central City
of New Orleans, and a proud product of the local public school system.
Senator Irons graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School with
honors, in spite of her struggle as a teen mother during her senior year.
She later went on to receive her bachelor's of Business Administration
from Loyola University, and her Juris Doctorate in Public Interest Law
from Tulane University Law School. In addition to representing the
interests of countless indigent criminal and civil defendants, Senator
Irons's experience has extended into consulting and management. She now
has her own practice, Paulette Irons Law Firm, since 1992.
Senator Paulette Irons has earned the confidence of constituents and
colleagues alike as a diligent legislator with deep spiritual conviction.
In her first year as a Senator in 1995, she received the Alliance for Good
Government's Legislator of the Year award. Yet when she is not lobbying in
the Senate chambers for her constituents, or standing with a defendant in
court, Senator Irons is attending her son's football games or playing with
her grandsons, Daniel and Drew. Senator Irons is the wife of Alvin Irons,
and the mother of Marseah and Paul.